Tumaini and Kiambogo are neighbouring villages within the Molo constituency, in the greater Nakuru county of Kenya. The closest major city is Nakuru (3rd largest city in Kenya) – approximately 50-minute drive to the East.
Many of the people in this community are marginalised and have limited access to basic needs like food, water and healthcare.
We believe there is an opportunity to catalyse change within the community to see people find hope and be empowered to fulfil their potential, both in their practical day-to-day lives, and also through growing a relationship with Jesus.
We are looking at the whole community to assess the assets that lie dormant, and to see the needs that families have. We want no-one to be invisible and that everyone has the chance of a fulfilled and hope-filled life.
Matumaini Rehabilitation Centre
In Kenya, there is a belief that a disabled child is a cursed child - a punishment for sins. There is guilt and shame for parents of children with disabilities. Many such families feel they have no choice but to abandon their children or hide them in the dark backrooms of their homes, keeping this secret from their community. Matumaini Rehabilitation Centre is dedicated to caring for the needs of 50 disabled, orphaned and destitute children and young people, helping them reach their full potential in life. The centre also plays an important role in educating the local population around the myths of disability and works with families to support them in caring for their disabled child. As well as running the centre, the team trains volunteers within the community to raise awareness of health and disabilities including whistleblowing situations of neglect.
In this community, there is a high incidence of HIV and TB. With poverty and high rates of unemployment in this area, many people do not have access to the necessary healthcare. We are currently working with the government public health officer to bring quarterly, free medical camps to these villages, which will give easy access to medical screening.
Due to the political turmoil of 2007 many people from this community were killed and their homes destroyed. Poverty was deepened and dis-unity was sewn between villagers from different tribes. Even today, the impact of this remains. We are working to identify the local positive 'change-makers' who can facilitate bringing unity amongst the people of Tumaini and Kiambogo.
We are working on ways to provide education to those most in need, in areas such as farming and computing, aiming to break the poverty cycle.