As soon as we arrived at Christ Care Children’s Home in Migori, the kids received their new mattresses.
Previously they only had small, tattered pieces of foam to sleep on. What a great way to start our time in Migori!
We were there not only to help out these orphans, but also to help spread information about HIV by means of a soccer tournament and by giving tools for pastors and coaches to use. 21 teams (one girls team could not come because that tribe, Kuria, circumcised the girls and the girls had to look after their sisters who just had this incredibly brutal act inflicted upon them). They are seeped in traditions which bind them and hurt others – especially women. I believe that little by little their eyes are opening to the truth.
I was most impressed with the pastors and leaders. They requested that we do a women’s seminar, they requested education for their “midwives” because many women die in childbirth. The young people desperately need to learn trades. While talking one on one with some pastors I found them very much lacking in biblical knowledge yet desiring to learn. They need to learn how to talk to young men about morality in a way which would begin to make difference. However, paradoxically, this promiscuous society has taboos which prohibit honest conversations about such things.
We gave support and education in several settings.