Tenwek Orphan Outreach in Kenya
In 2014, a study concluded that as many as 2.8 million orphans and vulnerable children lived in Kenya. The largest concentration of these children—over 800,000—is in the Rift Valley. WGM missionaries serving at Tenwek Hospital work closely with four area children’s homes, seeking to provide care for these children. Kenyans working with Tenwek Hospital Community Health and Development and WGM missionaries formed Tenwek Area Orphan Outreach Ministry with the goal of coming alongside the children’s homes to assist and provide a better life for the kids.
Education Is Key
Education is the means to give these children, soon to be adults, the opportunity for a life in which they can support themselves, their future family, and their community. Tenwek Area Orphan Outreach Ministry has provided scholarships to more than 100 students and hopes to provide full scholarships to 88 students this school year. These students attend day and boarding schools in their local villages and are required to demonstrate a desire to excel in their studies in order to achieve a satisfactory score on the national exam administered during their senior year.
Additionally, members of the orphan outreach work with the schools to ensure that the students receive the resources they need to succeed. Upon graduation, the students are no longer eligible to live at the children’s homes; however, with an education, each has the ability to seek meaningful employment and even attend university or technical school if they have achieved outstanding grades.
Partner with Tenwek Area Orphan Outreach
GIVE: A gift of $500 enables this ministry to provide school fees and room and board for a student for the entire year. If the Lord leads you to partner with this ministry, you are not only helping to provide a better future for a young child but are also helping to break the vicious cycle of poverty that pervades life in many parts of Kenya. Any additional funds are used to assist the children’s homes in meeting crucial needs and providing a Christmas celebration for the children.
MORE: If you have any questions regarding this ministry, feel free to contact Bill Irwin, WGM missionary and director of Tenwek Area Orphan Outreach Ministry. Click on the envelope icon to send him an email.