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Receive Christian greetings from Bookshine School. We have seen God's grace and faithfulness in this month of February and we are very grateful for Gods help in everything.
 
It has been amazing to see most of the students very serious with their studies and we hope this will ultimately bring good results to them and to the entire school.
On Thursday 28th,Thirty two of our students visited Ebenezer Children's Home,with a few donated goodies from the students themselves,it was nice for our students to interact with them and show them love.
Our Christian fellowship is getting vibrant more and more. We've witnessed an amazing spiritual growth and a great desire for the Lord from the students, we are utterly grateful to God for what He's doing in the school. We've had 25 students giving their lives to Christ in this month.

soccer team
We are currently having an on-going soccer league for both boys and girls in which we are seeing great performance from both the teams, we hope to update you of the results when the league is done.
We have been blessed with 2 teachers on practice from a local university in this semester and their input has had amazing results upon the students and the school at large, its our prayer that we will continue getting helpful teachers on practice like them even in the future.
talent show
We had a talent show one week ago in which the students had an opportunity to showcase their talents in various fields, the talent show has been of great help as most of the students have managed to progress highly with their talents both locally and internationally.
As I mentioned in our last report we are currently having a long list of students who want to enroll in our school but unfortunately we cannot accommodate all of them due to lack of space as a result we have a plan of putting up more classrooms.
Prayer Requests.
1.Pray for the boys and girls that have given their lives to Christ in this month.
2.Pray for funds for our classroom project.
 
3.Pray for our candidates, who will be sitting for their national exams in November.
 
Regards
Mr Jack Oyieko

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Meet some of Centre children ready for church during one of the Sundays in January.

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Ann Nyokabi

As we start the new month of February, I want to thank God for he has been good and faithful to me since I came to MRC. He also enabled my safe delivery and my daughter is doing great and growing fast ;thanks to God. I want to thank IT teams for being there for us I n times of need. I pray God to bless you with joy, peace and always fill you with blessings when you call unto him. I also take this chance to diagnosis PEFA Church for prayers and support. Also the Kingdom Builders Foundation (KBF) for their support in ensuring we have a Mini Clinical Laboratory. MRC fraternity is very grateful. Children diagnosis and treatment is now easy and fast. I also thank MRC staff for their continued care to our children. Lastly I want to thank all our donors for the support both financially and spiritually. May God bless you abundantly.

ANN Nyokabi
Centre Director


Students in MRC returns after a long December holiday with their families. The school term is packed with various activities among them the joining of form one to our students and admission of new children to MRC family.

child Samson

Child Samson Njonge arriving at MRC escorted by his father.

child Muchea

Child Muchea George with his father.

Mary Bosibori and her aunt

Child Mary Bosibori arriving with her Aunt.

Wacuka & grandmother

Child Wacuka with her grandmother - her mother separated with her father over the holiday.

Bidan with his mother

Child Bidan arriving escorted by his mother.

Kiprop & his father

Child Kiprop brought by his father.

Wallace dressed for school

Child Wallace arrived and dressed for school.

Youth Kiptoo

Youth Kiptoo was ready for school on arrival.

Youth Muchea

Youth Muchea dressed ready to join Form one.

Kariuki

Child Kariuki too in school uniform ready for school.

Mbugua

Child Mbugua dressed for school.

Youth Okasa

Youth Okasa came to MRC to say hi to MRC children. He is in Ngara School For The Deaf.


New admissions

There continues to be a steady increase in the number of children with disability seeking admission at MRC. We have been forced to take in the most needy cases due to financial constraints.

Mercy Cherotich

Child Mercy Cherotich dressed in blue . Mentally handicapped.

Moses Mwangi

Child Moses Mwangi, suffering from spina bifida.

John Bosco Ochieng

 Child John Bosco Ochieng. Physically handicapped.

Peris Nyambura

Child Peris Nyambura on the left. Mentally challenged.

Elizabeth Kerubo

Child Elizabeth Kerubo, physically challenged.

Grace Mumbi

Child Grace Mumbi , physically challenged.

Emmanuel Sikukuu

In Maroon track suit is Emmanuel Sikukuu. Mentally challenged.

keeping the environment clean

Children engaged in keeping their environment clean.


After being out of the country for two months, it was time for the physiotherapist to greet children and check in on the progress since the last session in November 2018.

physio 1    physio 2

physio 3    physio 4


A team of doctors from county government came to MRC to partner with MRC dispensary in health promotion programme open day at MRC.

arrival of county docs

Arrival of County Doctors.

the queue was long

The queue was long waiting for the start of the exercise.

welcoming the doctors

Centre director and Centre Clinical Officer welcoming the Doctors at MRC.

The treatment underway.

elderly

The elderly were not left behind.

area chief & assistant

Area chief and his assistant came for the services too.

women with young children

Women with young children had their own doctor to attend to them and their children.

Time for doctors to have tea after a busy day.


Matumaini Rehabilitation Mini Clinical Laboratory. Thanks to Kingdom Builders Foundation for making it a reality. Some of the items are in the pictures below.

mini clinical lab 1 mini clinical lab 2   

shaker 

Shaker

Biochemistry analyzer

Biochemistry analyzer

centrifuge

Centrifuge

autoclave 18L

Autoclave 18L

lab incubator

Lab incubator

microscope

Microscope

lab assistant arranging items

Lab assistant arranging items in the MRC Laboratory

delivery of lab items

Delivery of laboratory items

Laboratory Items arranged


Thanks Giving

- Good Health: To God for the good health and safe keeping of the children.

- Safety & Security: To God for favor, safety and security in the Centre.

- Thank God for our staff.

- Thank God for Kingdom Builders Foundation for enabling MRC have a mini Medical Laboratory.

- Thank God for Doctor Kirika( Molo District Hospital MOH) for making an open clinical day a success.

- Thank God for the reduction on use of diapers.

- For the continued supply of fish by Barbara Banta.

- Thank God for PEFA central office for continued support of Centre Director’s salary.

- Thank God for all our sponsors and donors.

Prayer Points

- Please pray for the safety and health of the children and for God’s miraculous intervention in their lives.

- Pray for sponsors for our new children and for enough sponsorship for the old ones.

- Keep praying for provision of food and food production in our farm plots.

- Keep praying for our staff the current ones and for the ones that we still need to hire. That the Lord may send committed staff and their salaries.

- Please pray for the continued provision of diapers

- We need volunteers in all fields. Pray that the Lord will touch you to become a volunteer.

- We need volunteer nurse or anyone in the medical field.

- For provision of money for the centers repainting and repairs .

- Provision of a 32 seats vehicle. The current Centre’s double cabin cannot move for long distances. God is able!


PEFA Matumaini Rehabilitation Centre

P.O. Box 1086, Molo, 20106 Kenya

Mob: +254 723201779 (Office hours only)

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Website-www.pefamatumainin.org

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

 

IT Tender Ministries, Manila, Philippines

Length and Time start date – open

Individual or Team

You would be serving the children and poor families in Metro Manila alongside existing Teams comprised of nationals and long term missionaries. The main focus is education for the Street children & youth of the area while sharing God’s love with them.

Options to serve include being an assistant in IT Tender’s nutrition/feeding programme for children, assisting in after-school tutorials and youth discipleship programme, assisting in Sunday School.

These programmes continue throughout the year. At other specific times there are opportunities to help in Summer Reading Camp (April time). Many special events for the children and families are held leading up to Christmas.

Any skills e.g. music, drama, that an applicant may have, would be encouraged and used during a placement time.

Costs – depends on length of placement.

 


Threads of Hope Hellas, Athens, Greece

Length and Time start date – open from 7 days up.

Individual or Team

"Threads of Hope restores hope to exploited women in Europe. We aim to provide life-changing opportunities through employment and training. We invite exploited women to our training programme where we teach both sewing skills and life skills. We provide a holistic training programme, Greek and English lessons, emotional and spiritual support and other training dependent upon the person’s needs. We aim to empower women to be confident about starting a new chapter in their lives - lives free from abuse, discrimination, intimidation and fear".

The aim at Threads of Hope is to expand our training programme and work area. We are at capacity in both and can no longer accept new women. Therefore, we have signed a new rental contract for a new premises in Athens, where we hope to start a new training programme in April. The new premises is in need of a facelift. It is in need of painting & cleaning; we need to buy and build furniture and while this is all happening, care for the women we already have employed and the women and children in the training program. We need people to come and help us do this for whatever period of time they can. If you can decorate, clean, baby sit and much more we need you.

Cost – depends of length of placement.

 


The Orphanage at Berega, Tanzania

Length and Time start date – open

Individual or Team

The Orphanage cares for around 20-24 babies whose mothers have died in childbirth. They are cared for the first 2 years of life after which they are usually able to return to their families. Close contact with the family is maintained because a sister or cousin of the baby comes to live in The Orphanage to help to care for the baby. These girls are called ‘binties’ and learn mothercraft skills as well as continuing their general education.

Opportunity to help with the care of the babies in The Orphanage.

Cost – depends on length of placement.

 


Holiday Programme with YASHA Ministry, Kenya

Length and Time start date – April 2019

Individual or Team

YASHA Ministry is planning on running a holiday programme during April 2019 in the remote village of ‘Lomolo’ in Kenya. YASHA is currently setting up a ministry base here, living with the Kalenjin tribe.

There will be opportunities to help with the children’s weekly reading club, with games, arts & crafts, skits, to build a hut made from plastic water/soda bottles, reach out to the village through house visits and workshops and to paint recycled and upcycled furniture and plant containers etc.

If you’re an adventurer and ready to display God’s love in the heart of East Africa, then this is for you.

Cost – TBA

 


*All applicants/Teams for a placement will go through our application process which will include a DBS check and a time of training before departure. On advice from each location a budget will be given for each placement which will cover the basic costs of that placement. It will not cover personal costs and with flexible exchange rates the budget will be finalised nearer to the time of serving. International Teams UK includes a training, DBS and organisational fee on each placement.

 

Interested – please fill out our next step form or contact Jenny Edmunds on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Phone 01874 611995

January 2019 Newsletter

Rosa

 

A SMILE FOR ROSA - By Isaac Msiska

A dangerous ethnic feud between her tribe and a rival one led to the murder of Rosa’s husband and the fleeing of Rosa from Burundi to Malawi. Even though she escaped her home country over a decade ago, it is apparent that the emotional scars and mental anguish that the murder of her husband caused are still stubbornly imprinted in her mind. Rosa narrates the painful story with trembling in her voice. She recalls the details vividly. It was one terrible night when assailants invaded Rosa and her husband’s house and abducted the husband before her very eyes. They disappeared with him in the dead of night amid her screams of terror and pleas for help. Rosa believes that an earlier disagreement between her husband and an enemy tribe had escalated into the act of murder.

“That was the last time I saw my husband.” Rosa explained “They dragged him to the bush and killed him. I will never forget that night of terror.” Fearing for her life and the lives of her three children, Rosa resorted to one hard decision – escape the country. She feared that the assailants might return to harm her and her children. With the murder of her husband leaving her alone and defenceless, she realized that she would make an easy prey. Her situation was made worse due to the disability that she has. Rosa was born with a leg length discrepancy that affects her movement. Defending herself and her children in case of an attack would have been a lost battle.

She had to disappear fast.

With her three kids, Rosa grabbed what she was able to carry and fled Burundi. Her plan was to seek safe haven in Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Malawi. The journey was long and painful. Rosa did not have enough money to travel to Malawi so she had to raise money along the way. This meant that she had to take breaks in between trips and do whatever it took to gather the means to continue. All in all, the journey took Rosa a month. However, when she arrived in her final destination, Dzaleka Refugee Camp, her heart sank, and all she felt was despair.

“I was a lonely single woman in a new country and about to start a new way of life but with no idea about who would support me,” she said. Rosa came to Dzaleka Refugee Camp fleeing the threat of violence at home, but she suddenly found herself and her kids facing a new different kind of insecurity – food and financial. Just like any other refugee in the camp, Rosa survived on food rations she received from the UNHCR and other aid agencies but the monthly package she got barely lasted 14 days.

If she were to endure the place, Rosa knew she had to find a way of earning a living.

“I used part of the maize meal I obtained to make doughnuts which I sold,” she explained. The sale of doughnuts did not actually bring the required revenue that Rosa needed to fully support her family. The highest she could make from the little business was a meagre MK600 (8 Cents). It was a ludicrous amount which was not even enough to buy a packet of sugar. What Rosa was doing was a risky thing too, since it meant she was slicing part of the ration that was supposed to sustain her family for a month. Rosa was desperate for support but she could not get any. She explained that some men in the camp took advantage of her desperation to sexually exploit her.

“A lot of men approached me, promising to marry me and take care of my financial problems. I believed them and kept telling myself that maybe this was my gateway out of the crisis I was in, but they kept deceiving me.” Rosa explained, “They were just using me for their selfish sexual objectives and then dump me. It was so painful because my dignity and reputation were slowly getting tarnished.”

Four years after arriving in Dzaleka, and hoping for some positive change, Rosa joined a group of fellow refugees living with disabilities in the camp. It was through this group that Rosa was introduced to Kibebe, our social enterprise arm.

That was the breakthrough she had been looking for.

Kibebe artisans make handcrafted products for sale both locally and internationally. Being an artisan meant that Rosa had now found a source of income and progressively her living conditions began to change. The earning she made was sufficient to keep her family going. She did not need to depend solely on food rations anymore, and she could now afford to buy essentials for her kids.

Her job with Kibebe, and Rosa’s wise financial stewardship, produced a remarkable thing. Rosa used part of her savings to open a small shop of houseware and groceries. The shop complements her financial resources by earning Rosa a side income. It is from the proceeds she makes from the shop that Rosa can afford to send her kids to a quality school, something which she could hardly imagine at first. Rosa plans to open another shop, but bigger than the current one, where she would employ others to work.

“I tell you, my life is no longer the same.” Rosa observed “People used to call me by a derogatory title of doughnut sellerand I did not have any reputation. After all, who would respect a poor, disabled woman who sold doughnuts for a living?” However, since she is now able to earn enough to stand on her own, nobody looks down on her. Even the men who took advantage of her situation no longer approach her with their fake promises.

“Because they know I am independent now and I tell them off!” Rosa said. Her dignity is restored, her finances are stable and she can support her three kids with anything they need.

“Kibebe gave me an opportunity to uplift my social status and that is exactly what has happened in my life.” Rosa closed with a wide smile.

 


 

15 year old parent

THE 15 YEAR OLD PARENT -  By Isaac Msiska

She is 15 but at that age, she is already tasked with the huge responsibility of taking care of her two brothers and one sister, all alone. She is just a kid but at 15 she plays the role of both the head of a family and a parent to her siblings. To make matters worse, she just started her first class in secondary school and she still has three more years to complete her education which means that she has to juggle between school and parenting her siblings. It is a formidable experience but she has no alternative.

Her name is Daless.

Her story starts 2 years ago and begins with the bitter divorce of her parents. Daless’ parents separated in 2017 and her father left the kids with their mother. The divorce brought Daless’ future in education grinding to a dusty halt. She was then in primary school and awaiting to sit her final examinations that would see her progressing to secondary school. The separation also affected her academic performance and caused a notable decline in her pass rate in class.

Daless and her siblings stayed with their mother but it was to be for a temporary period because a few months after her father left them, Daless’ mother found a new husband and remarried. Strangely enough, she moved in with the new husband and abandoned the kids, in the care of their uncle. Being the eldest of the siblings, Daless, overnight, found herself turning into a parent and was left with the hardest job of caring for the other kids.

She was confused and stranded.

“We were left all alone. We sought help from our uncle but he has a big family and a lot of other responsibilities so it is quite difficult to give us full support.” Daless explained, adding that the situation meant that she technically was in charge of her siblings. Although her mother sends occasional basic assistance to the kids to help them with their essential needs, the assistance is not sufficient to sustain them. Without her parents and just partial support from an uncle who also faces financial hurdles, Daless’ chances of continuing with her education were reduced to zero but what Daless dreaded most was something else. Her youngest brother suffers from the neurological disorder, epilepsy and often has severe violent bouts of seizures. With both her parents gone, the duty of monitoring and nursing the boy was dumped in her hands.

“I have to make sure that he is fully under my watch all the time because he needs special attention. My main fear is waking up in the middle of the night and finding him in a seizure that I cannot handle. It has happened before and I fear it might happen again.” Daless explained, “I am just a kid who was forced to mature too early because of circumstances that I had no control over.” Actually, her brother’s condition is one of the reasons that inspired Daless to pursue a career in nursing after secondary school.

Despite the chilling difficulties brought forth by the divorce of her parents, forced to become a parent, and with a post-primary school future looking bleak, Daless worked hard and passed her primary school examinations with amazing results. She was selected to one of the elite public boarding secondary schools in Dowa District. However, she had no one to support her basic and financial needs, including school fees required to commence her secondary school. Tuition fees for her new school cost approximately 80 thousand Kwacha and that excludes essential school supplies such as exercise books and learning material. Daless realized that there was no way she could afford that much.

“I had worked to the best of my abilities to go to secondary school but after I passed my examinations, I suddenly understood that my journey had ended there. Where would I get school fees?” Daless recalled. Even her uncle could not help. His limited financial abilities could not allow him to support her education. All her dreams, visions and ambitions to progress with her studies and eventually get out of the miserable situation she was facing had come to a complete standstill. The shock and pain of knowing that there was no future for her after primary school were too much to bear for Daless.

“I looked at my brothers and sisters and I felt sad. I felt like everything was crashing down on us. It was like being locked in the darkness with no hope of ever seeing the light on the other side.” She recollected the ordeal with sadness branding her face. Daless’ predicament, shocking as it is, is no strange scenario to multitudes of vulnerable girls across Malawi. Only 34 percent of girls who start primary school progress to secondary school. Financial problems which result in lack of school fees, is one of the major factors contributing to this high rate. With 82 percent of the Malawian population living in rural areas, the situation is worse in communities staying in villages. Dales is among the myriads of hopeless girls that fail to advance with their education in the rural areas.

However, for Daless, her dreams were soon to be revamped. In 2018, her primary school English teacher, concerned with the fate of Daless, connected her to our secondary school scholarship programme. In September of that year, she was on the list of vulnerable girls we provided scholarships to in various public and private secondary schools.

Daless’ joy was untold.

“I felt like crying when I was informed that I had been selected to receive a secondary school bursary.” she said, “It was the news I had been longing for and I know that it is the first step towards realizing my dream.” Daless’ dream is to become a nurse and there is a very good reason she chose that profession. She explained that the health centre located in her community has a severe shortage of nurses and patients struggle to get help due to congestion. Lots of people are forced to travel many miles to neighbouring health centres for medical help. Her goal is to study nursing and serve the small health centre. Besides that, she also has a natural passion for the sick and injured.

Now that she has a scholarship, Daless is adamant that she will finally fulfil that burning ambition.

“I am very excited.” she explained “I now have an uninterrupted source of school fees. I no longer have to be concerned about where I am going to find money for my education. I am confident that I will accomplish the vision I have always have – becoming a nurse.”

 


EU funded structures 

 We launched our EU funded structures

25 January was a memorable day for us because it was the day that we unveiled female hostels, workshops and a dining hall that we constructed with funding from the European Union (EU). The Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Honourable Grace Obama Chumia officially inaugurated the buildings. The delegation from the EU office in Malawi was also there with us.

 


There is Hope 

Your support has brought us this far.


Our programmes have reached out to a lot of people and have helped countless vulnerable individuals to become self-sufficient. Our education scholarships have put back to school numerous deserving Malawian and refugees. We have not achieved all this alone. God’s EconomyInternational TeamsOne CollectiveSegal Family FoundationIAFR, and various other partners, supporters and donors have all played a part in our vision. How far have we come?

  


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Dear Bookshine Friend

Receive Christian greetings from Bookshine School, we trust that you and your family have started the new year well. As Bookshine family, we are praying that this year will bring great joy and blessings to you, your family and ministry.

By the grace of God we've had a good start of the year with good admission, despite the free secondary education that is being provided by the government to the state schools. Most of the students are very enthusiastic with their studies and are very ready to learn. 

Christian Union Leaders

We've had 4 Christian Union meetings in this month with great excitement from the students to serve their God, 53 students have given their lives to Christ this month, we have also witnessed God's blessings in our daily morning and evening devotions as well and we praise God for His work.

On the extracurricular front, for the first time our students will be participating in drama and music competitions and we are looking forward for better results. Both our boys and girls soccer teams have also started well and we are trusting God for better performance this year. The students are very happy to engage in varies sports that we've introduced in the past few years and it is our great joy to see most of them doing well even after school

The results for last year's national exams were released in December and most of our candidates had exemplary results. A good number of our students will be joining local universities and colleges and we are very grateful to God for the good performance.

student council

Student Council

With the good performance and discipline, our school has earned a great reputation, we currently have a long list of students who want to enrol in our school, but its unfortunate that we are unable to accommodate all of them. In connection to this, God has helped us to purchase a piece of land that we are hoping to build more classrooms on.

Prayer Request

1.Pray for our current candidates who will be sitting for their national exams in October and November.

2.Pray for all the students who gave their lives to Christ in this month.

3.Pray for finances to help us build more classrooms for the students.

May you experience the Lord's blessings throughout this new year.

Regards

Jack T. Oyieko.

The Principal

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