A team of six volunteers from The Lakes Vineyard Church in Enniskillen will set off for Kenya next week to lend a helping hand in an orphanage in a local village.
The Kenya Mission Trip 2016 team will head away on Monday next, Monday 19th for ten days to the Faith Victory Centre based in Nakuru.
The home was started in November 2006 to cater for AIDS orphans within the region. Due to the high prevalence of AIDS, there are an estimated two million orphan in Kenya left in abject poverty since they are left under the care of their extended family who are too poor to support them alongside their own children.
Others are left with grandparents who are too old and ailing. As a result of this, many orphans end up on the streets, others are used as child labour and many are abused.
The Faith Victory Centre cares for orphans and abandoned children by providing a home where they can be fed, loved, clothed and educated. The home presently cares for 15 children, ranging from the ages of five to 15 years. With the extension of current facilities, the home has a capacity to cater for 60 children.
During their trip, the Enniskillen team will be helping to encourage and inspire the children, share their skills and help in practical ways like painting and helping to lay a new floor.
Administrator at The Lakes Vineyard Church Sharon West says the group have hoped to raise £5,000 for the trip.
“To raise money for the trip, the group have been busy with a fundraising events including a barn dance and 100k cycle last Sunday. Mainly our fundraising efforts will be to raise the necessary funds to allow the Orphanage to have a new floor laid. The group will also help with personal care and schooling.
“The job will be given to a local tiler, creating work for a local tradesman and also allowing the orphanage to be more adequately equipped for the children who live there.”
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Posted: 9:16 pm September 17, 2016