Christ Jesus of Nazareth is Lord .He reigns forever and ever and his mercies are renewed every morning. We praise him for his goodness to us as AMCC-Kenya family and we rejoice to be co-workers together with him.
Greetings to you in the name of the Lord Christ Jesus from AH-Gah-Pay Mercy Children, Staff and Board.. We hope that he has cared for you and that you have continued to grow strong in him and in his grace. We pray that, his grace, peace and joy be multiplied to you always.
We held a successful meeting with The School Fund on Sunday 15.06.2014 in Nairobi. Three Staff Members namely; Rev. John, Pastor Ruth and Sr. Nancy attended. We explained the following things as requested by Mat and Drika in an email:
Holistic education program
We explained about our education Program as holistic i.e. Spiritual, Physical, and Social-economic, environmental and emotional. We also explained what this means.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Sponsoring HIV/AIDS infected and affected Orphans & Vulnerable Children to attain quality education to university & to support widows and widowers living with HIV/Aids.
OUR VISION STATEMENT
Transforming HIV/AIDS infected & affected orphans, Vulnerable Children, widows and widowers to become achievers and agents of change in Society.
An educated child is an empowered child & an empowered woman is an empowered society.
Working on education
We work on education to empower young people in order to help in eradicating poverty and Support Child/Human development potential in order to affect local and global change.
A Success story is that:
1.Tabitha Wambui Karungii who graduated from Secondary Education on November 2012 through the School Fund Sponsorship was admitted to Kiriri Women University, taking BA degree in Business Administration,
2. Evangelist Ah-Gah-Pay who graduated from Secondary School in November 2013 has been admitted to Kirinyaga University College taking BA degree in Human Resource Management.
3. The journals the students write to their sponsors and the sponsors write back has been a source of encouragement to the students as they realize that somebody outside there cares and is concerned.
4.Through TSF Sponsorship 13 children has been able to go through Secondary Education (Nine have already graduated and four are continuining).Ah-Gah-Pay Mercy has covered 61 years of Secondary Education since 2009.This has been encouraging others in Primary School to put more effort for better grades especially in Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (K.C.P.E.) in class 8.
- Lack of finances to take the Students to University or Vocational Training. This challenge causes other students to feel that there is no hope after they are done with their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E.).They wonder why they should study hard yet others like Maureen and Joseph have not joined any institution of higher learning.
- Ah-Gah-Pay Mercy Children’s Centre-Kenya has many students who are orphans and vulnerable who would like our support but we do not afford. We also have students we struggle to pay for who are not in TSF Sponsorship program.
- Feeding. As a children centre, we are supposed to feed the children with a balanced diet. But we buy food most of the times on credit.
- Text and Story books. We desperately need a library with curriculum textbooks, literature books and other learning materials.
- Pocket Money and bus fare both students and staff.(Staff when summoned to schools for school events e.g Price giving day).
Good things about The School Fund
1.The journals the students write to their sponsors and the sponsors write back has been a source of encouragement to the students as they realize that somebody outside there who cares and is concerned.
2. Through TSF Sponsorship 13 children has been able to go through Secondary Education (Nine have already graduated and four are continuing).Ah-Gah-Pay Mercy has covered 61 years of Secondary Education since 2009.
Other questions discussed:
Q. What is your greatest challenge in helping students achieve a secondary education?
1 .Text and Story books. We desperately need a library with curriculum textbooks, literature books and other learning materials.
3. Pocket Money and bus fare both students and staff.(Staff when summoned to schools for school events e.g Price giving day).
Q. What is needed to make these students succeed and become leaders in their Communities?
A. They need Mentors,
Q. What do you wish the School Fund to do more of?
1. Allocate and avail funds for the Post Secondary Education (Finances for University or Vocational Training).
2. To provide Partners NGOs (institutions) with:
i) A library containing Curriculum textbooks, Literature books and other learning materials,
ii).Computer labs with internet so that the students will learn how to work on computers and to be able to communicate directly to their sponsors.
3.To organize student workshops in Nairobi and invite professionals (Mentors)e.g Lawyers, Doctors, engineers, Pilots etc to talk to each student according to their different Visions .
On a one on one discussion with Drika,I told her about:
- Our struggle in trying to pay School fees for orphans and vulnerable Children not in TSF sponsorship for Secondary education,
- How AMCC-Kenya do not have finances for those continuing in the University and also for those who are done with Secondary education and have passed and would like to join Universities or Vocational Training.
- How AMCC-Kenya has 5 children in class 8 who will do their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (K.C.P.E) in November and we do not have finances for their secondary education.
In regard to these, Madam Drika told me to send to her their profiles and pictures.
We are thankful to you all for your continued prayers advice and support. Great all our US Partnerships. May the Lord God almighty bless you.
In his everlasting love-Christ Jesus of Nazareth,