Lomolo ‘A’ is a village on the border of the Nakuru and Baringo Counties in Mogotio, Kenya, about 210 kms north west of Nairobi. We felt led to join God in His transformational work among this Kalenjin tribe - an ethnic group of Nilotic origin.
Each one of the families in this community have been evicted from the Mau Forest, some as many as four times over many, many years. During the post-election violence in 2008 they got displaced again, until a few years ago when the Government issued each family with a two-and-a-quarter-acre piece of land.
Many of the people in this marginalized community are isolated, with limited access to basic needs like food and water. This lack of opportunities leads to cycles of poverty.
The more we came to learn about the people of this community, the more we’ve seen evidence of oppression of the poor, the slave, and the blind. However, God also opened our eyes to see the evidence of Him already at work. The process of building relationships with local change makers has helped us to identify where we should focus on in the areas of Food, Freedom and Forgiveness.
With the help of Bro Joseph Soi, a community-identified leader, we recognized a few areas where community development is desperately needed:
- Local farmers who do not have the means to utilize the 2 acre piece of land. Every year community well-wishers help them to plant maybe half an acre, which is not enough to supply their families with sufficient food resources.
- Although there’s now a borehole in Lomolo ‘A’, the people on the outskirts of the village still do not have access to it as it’s too far to walk.
- Due to a lack of water in the arid area people do not have gardens to plant basic vegetables.
We’re currently working with One Collective to establish a farming cooperative scheme where local farmers can be assisted with the intention to make them self-sufficient within a period of three years.
We’ve also – together with the community leaders - come alongside local families to install drip-irrigation systems. Families joyfully build fences and buy buckets to show how they’re taking responsibility and lovely relationships have been formed through this initiative.
We’re prayerfully waiting upon God to show us how to go about the disciple-making process and to see how the Lord integrates this authentically and organically as part of community transformation.