“I can say that no child has failed to do what they wanted to do because of a lack of support thanks to our supporters and child sponsors,” shared Ruth Kyatha, General Manager of the program. The outreach is also supported by no fewer than 128 Kenyan churches that contribute three times a year.
The miracle of a playground
On a live Zoom call in June, Ruth shared her dream of providing a playground for the children. Supporters quickly rallied to contribute over $5,000 towards this special request.
“I’m still pinching myself…It is a miracle,” Ruth says. “The children are ecstatic – they love the equipment so much! We give them certain hours throughout the day to go and play, and they go in the evening every day! They
are very, very happy!”
But it is not just the playground that has kept the children occupied. Throughout the week, the staff at Creation of Hope worked hard to create a regular school program, preparing and grading examinations appropriate to their age. They have even been delivering and picking up schoolwork for all of the sponsored children in the community. While churches were closed and inaccessible, the team also put together a Sunday service for the children - with lots of music too!
As for the 84 children who live off campus with a parent or guardian that is able to care for them, Creation of Hope is providing food support every
3rd Saturday of the month, delivered in conjunction with school activities, which staff review and correct. Additional support is needed for this community food outreach
One current need is a serious repair to a toilet that has collapsed - perhaps in part due to the extensive use required during this time with all the children in the residence.
Read our latest story from Kenya about a girl named Virginia
Virginia is currently twelve years old and is the second born in a family of 5 children. When she was about seven years old, her parents abandoned her and her siblings. The children moved in with a male cousin, only slightly older, and her older sister became the mother and caretaker of them all. They had nothing and lived in a constant state of uncertainty.
The children depended, for the most part, on well-wishers, including their church. Yet, most days, they went to school without food, and there was no assurance that they would find any when they returned. The gifts of food they did receive were often stolen from their home when they went to school. Their mud home was crumbling.
Although Virginia was quite timid when she entered the program two years ago, she has developed into a confident and bright young lady. In the photo to the right, she speaks clearly and warmly to the children as the ‘Deputy President’ at a children’s cabinet meeting.
Virginia has begun to emerge as a leader at Creation of Hope and acts as a caring mentor to five young orphan girls. She enjoys checking up on them, ensuring that they are clean, have eaten, are dressed well, and are washing their hands regularly. She helps them practice music and dance and led the younger girls in a dance presentation during a recent Sunday service. Virginia has shown us just how much children can flourish when given the encouragement and support they need and deserve!