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KENYA

Guidelines has been involved in ministry in Africa since the late 1960’s, broadcasting on a message of hope and the Gospel through Radio Imani. Partnering with Kenyan believers in several “touching” ministries, Guidelines also provides much needed help to Kenyans “among the least of these.”

In 2000 Guidelines came alongside Freda Robinson in support of her work in Western Kenya to provide desperately needed medical care to the poorest of the poor. Since then “Sister Freda,” as she is affectionately called by Kenyans, has been able to provide care to tens of thousands of people, many of whom would have died, unable to pay for care.  

Freda Robinson and the Nzoia College of Nursing

Each day, nurse Freda Robinson used to drive into work at the local District Hospital of Mt. Elgon.  She would see the sick struggling to walk along the road to the hospital…and often as she drove home in the evening there would be the bodies of those who could not reach aid in time.  The sick in the villages would usually have no access to medical care.

Freda and her late husband Richard were so touched that they began conducting medical mobile clinics on a piece of land Richard owned 10 miles outside of town.  Appalled by the pressing needs, Richard sold all of his land to build a small medical clinic for those who could not afford care.  They then noticed that many children who had been prescribed medications with the instructions “take with food,” had not actually been given the medication at all, because they had no food to eat.  Sister Freda was compelled to begin a feeding program and school for the children of the area, praying daily that God would supply. The program feeds over 100 tiny mouths twice a day.  In addition to the feeding program and clinic, Sister Freda continues to conducts mobile medical clinics in surrounding villages.  

In 2009, Guidelines helped Sister Freda start the Nzoia School of Nursing to train bright young men and women to earn a living and meet the dire need for medical care. The first graduating class of the school earned the highest scores in the country.  Sister Freda’s fascinating life story is the subject of Darlene Sala’s book, Heart of Compassion, Hands of Care, available in our Resources, and through Amazon

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Precious Kids Center

At 16, Sammy Hammork first went to Kenya on a mission trip.  Sammy’s heart was broken by the special needs children she found who were often hidden away because of cultural stigmatization.   But Sammy did something.  She went back to the California, got her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education, returned to Kenya, became fluent in Swahili and started collecting kids.

In 2012, Sammy established the Precious Kids Center in Kitale, Kenya.  The center is home to 30 children whose needs range from autism, Down’s Syndrome and hydrocephalus to Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy and Dwarfism.  When the community heard about the Center, kids with special needs slowly came out of the dark, mud-walled homes.  And Sammy took them home.  A small staff works round the clock with Sammy to meet the physical and emotional needs of the kids, who often require frequent trips to the district hospital. Therapists work with the children several times a week.  The Center also has a unique and very successful school that even parents of non-special needs children in the community have asked to send their children to.

“Sammy’s Kids” usually come from homes headed by single moms who are trapped in poverty, with no way to cope with their child’s disability.  Precious Kids does outreach with families, educating them but also introducing them to the love of Christ and hope of the Gospel that motivates Sammy and her staff.  Without ministries like Precious Kids, there is little hope for a child born with special needs into dire poverty.  The child will likely be left alone and shuffled out of sight for much of his life.  Often coming from single parent homes, moms have no resources with which to cope with their child’s disability.  Precious Kids does outreach to family members, educating them but also introducing them to the love of Christ and hope of the Gospel that motivates Sammy and her small staff.

Land was recently donated to the Center, and a new home has been under construction, as funds came in.  Guidelines will help Precious Kids with the cost of putting the roof on in 2015.  To support Precious Kids, click the button below.

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FAST FACTS

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Government: Democratic republic
Capital: Nairobi
Population: 45,010,056 – Kikuyu 22%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kalenjin 12%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 6%, other African 15%, non-African (Asian, European, and Arab) 1%
Age Structure:  42.1% of population under the age of 15
Living Conditions:  The lack of medical care and improved sanitation contributes to the low life expectancy of Kenyans.  Only 1 doctor is available for every 7,142 people (versus the U.S. 1 doctor for every 435 people).
Language: English (official), Kiswahili (official), numerous indigenous languages
Religion: Christian 82.5% (Protestant 47.4%, Catholic 23.3%, other 11.8%), Muslim 11.1%, Traditionalists 1.6%, other 1.7%, none 2.4%, unspecified 0.7% (2009 census)