April 23, 2015
RE: APPEAL FOR SUPPORT
My name is Bishop Catherine Mutua. I am the current Synod Bishop of the Methodist Church in Kenya, Kaaga Synod. The Synod is made up of 26 circuits/parishes. We cover four counties, more than 200 congregations, and over 8,000 square miles.
HIV/AIDS has been a challenge in our community, and I am calling upon people of good will to give us the financial support, to help us pay tuition fees for the orphans left by their parents as a result of HIV/AIDS deaths. We also need help for girls who are also not able to stay in school, even when their tuition is paid by well wishers, because of a lack of sanitary towels. They are very expensive here in Kenya and most of the girls drop out of schools because of the “menace.”
Many orphans eventually end up on the streets looking for food and turn into street children. The children become even more vulnerable. They contract HIV/AIDS and other related illnesses on the street. They give birth to more street children, and the poverty cycle continues. We need money as a church to try and rescue the small babies that are born on the street and also rescue those who are freshly joining the street.
So far we have rescued two boys and taken them to high school. Others we have given small courses like driving, barber skills, hairdressers, and shoe makers. We have also bought wheelbarrows for almost 25 street children, so they can carry goods from the open market to the bus station at a fee; we need to do more of this. We need money for rehabilitation and to feed them. They need so much, the list is endless.
Some of the orphans and the people living with HIV/AIDS need support to improve their shelters. There are entire families living in one room. Some orphans sleep on the floor without any mattresses or even blankets. If we could afford some of these basic items, that could really help them enjoy some sleep and minister the word of God effectively (Romans 12:20, Luke 3:11, Matthew 25:35-40).
The list of the needs is endless, but any support given to us will go to the right use.
I wish to thank Jennifer Wynne, for her love and desire to transform the lives of the orphans. We hope and trust that through CLCL, some or most of the issues that are pressing will be addressed.
May the Lord bless you as you support us.
Rev. Catherine Mutua