Assisting those affected by War, AIDS, and Slavery
Kesitah International Ministries launched their Orphans and Widows Ministry in 2005 that now assist around 700 people. While other ministries look to take care of the poor, we hope to help those that are affected by the worst of the worst situations: children left parentless and women left husbandless after the results of War, AIDS and Slavery.
This all-encompassing work came to be known as “That’s who I W.A.S.”, which was a testimony of these children’s lives. The “W” stood for “War”, the “A” for “AIDS”, and the “S” for Slavery – they used to be affected by these tragedies in their lives but now they are living stable lives with a strong future and promise. Children that lose parents are helpless and seen as a burden to society. They are “throw-away” kids that live on the streets begging for scraps. But their Heavenly Father sees them as so much more. To Him, they have great value and Kesitah is actively involved in restoring value to lives around the world.
In 1988 this boy to the left, named Shaaban Omullo, was abandoned by his mother in SW Kenya at a local hospital at three months of age. A nurse, named Janares Oyoro, took him in and has been caring for him ever since. Shaaban is mentally handicapped. Over the years, other women in Janares' church started taking in street children as their parents began dying from the AIDS virus.
By 2005, these ladies had taken in 42 children. After a few more years the numbers were over 200 in this area known as South Nyanza as we found sponsors for these kids. Our work was then expanded into other areas of Kenya such as a Christian High School called Subukia Springs Academy where we assist 30 children. We also help 30 more orphans in a Christian grade school called Chesoen. In a mountainous region known as Kibugat, we assist a handful of children that are HIV positive. We are also expanding to the northern borders of Kenya near Sudan and Ethiopia – helping 60 children that have lost parents to tribal conflicts. Now some 5 years later we assist over 300 orphans in Kenya.
We are also working with churches in Zambia – assisting about 160 children that have lost parents to AIDS.
In Sierra Leone we have started working with over 130 orphans and widows who have lost fathers and husbands to civil war. The pastor and the widows of the church have also been sharing the gospel with underage girls that work in brothels. Once these girls are rescued out of this form of human trafficking, they are placed in a safe house that currently houses 60 girls. The girls are no longer prostitutes but were given a new name: "Daughters of the King."
In Nicaragua, we have a child's feeding center called Garden of Eden. This day care center provides meals and Christian education to "street orphans" numbering 70 on a daily basis.
Who can participate?
While most of the children in this ministry have lost parents to War, AIDS and Slavery others have been abandoned or lost parents to Typhoid, Malaria and road accidents. To be considered in the program the children have to have lost a parent, be under 19 years of age, and attend their local church every week. Over half of the children we assist must have lost a parent to War, AIDS or Slavery.
Our goal is to give children hope in this life and to introduce them to Jesus Christ so that they have an eternal life with no more pain and suffering.
Over the last few years we've bought several dozen calves for children in the Calves for Kids Program. After years of multiplying their herd they will be able to start a small business (such as buying a grinder to mill grain) or use it to further their education. This is just one of the ways that we are planning ahead to give these children a future. In Kibugat, Kenya, lambs are bought for the children to raise. Once they mature they can be sold to purchase calves.
Other plans for the future include planting of fruit trees, a tilapia fish farm, and the purchase of a mold to produce the cast for biosand water filters. All of these projects can be utilized not only for production of food for the children but can become sources of income for them later in life.
Money goes a long ways in Africa. Most families exist on less than $500 US a year. Your contribution could completely change someone's life!
I remember the day that I first saw this image of Jacynta. I wondered why she was wearing a back funeral dress when all of the other girls wear bright colored skirts? Why does her face look so haunted and sad? And then I read her biography…she had lost both of her parents to AIDS less than a year after she was born. Jacynta had AIDS and she knew it. It was just a matter of time and she too would pass. The next funeral that she might attend could be her own. Jacynta is now on anti-retroviral medications that keep her alive. She is back to school, the boils all over her skin have disappeared, and her outlook is much brighter. In fact she graduated 2nd in her class of 26 in her first year back.
How you can help
While almost every child affected by AIDS and Slavery in this program already has a sponsor, we are still in need of monthly donations for ongoing projects such as Calves for Kids and a future Biosand Water Project. In addition, our Daughters of the King, in Sierra Leone, could use offerings to cover shortfalls in money needed to keep their safehouse running. Their rent is $1100 per month.
Our greatest need for sponsorship right is for girls affected by Sex Slavery. Your contribution will keep a roof over their head, food, clothing, anti-retroviral medications, school fees and other basic necessities. Please see our sponsorship tab to see how you might sponsor a girl for as little as $15 per month.