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Thank you for partnering with MOHI’s Baba Dogo center! We just completed the second term of the school year, and we want to share with you a few successes and highlights. You are a huge part of our success in transforming the lives of children and community members in Baba Dogo. We are inspired by your dedication and generosity to answer God’s call to give again and again, prayerfully and financially, to help us break the cycle of poverty and restore hope to this community. We can’t thank you enough! Blessings to you and your families! – Xavier Kioko, Center Manager
Transformation Through Education
Our more than 600 students in preschool through eighth grade continue to excel academically and in life skills. Our feeding program, consisting of two well-balanced meals per day, continues to make a significant health impact in the children’s lives. Most importantly, our kids continue to learn God’s word, shaping their eternity.
This term our eighth-grade students participated in an academic field trip to Kenya’s national parliament. Also, the entire school participated in academic and athletic competitions. We held an inter-school debate competition with MOHI’s Kiamaiko center, which promoted the students’ self-expression. Our older students also participated in an inter-school sports competition with other MOHI centers and a neighboring school, organized by MOHI and a visiting team from Christ’s Church of the Valley (Arizona). The boys reached the quarterfinals, while the girls emerged victorious overall in their soccer finals!
Teresia* is a single mother of five children, one whom attends our school. The death of her husband (also the children’s father) caused much financial strife for Teresia. She lost hope in life to the point that all of her children stopped attending school, and the family struggled to find food for daily meals.
Our staff shared the Gospel with Teresia and her family and implemented reading the Bible and praying together. Little by little, hope was restored to Teresia’s family. Teresia sent her children back to school. She also joined a MOHI empowerment program through which she acquired skills and started a thriving business to support her family. We give God the glory in witnessing this family now flourishing in all aspects of life!
[*Name changed to protect her privacy]
Holistic Health Through CHE
Baba Dogo currently administers five Community Health Evangelism (CHE) groups. Additionally, two new groups are participating in training and will soon graduate and commence CHE work in the community. Here are some of the holistic health activities conducted through our CHE program this term:
All CHE groups engaged in Participatory Health and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) training, which taught them how to involve community members in development work. After the training, Baba Dogo’s CHE network increased the involvement of the entire community in clean-up campaigns, improving ownership of the program.
One group participated in a door-to-door disease prevention campaign with community health workers to diminish the infection rate of tuberculosis and HIV in the community. In addition to promoting good health and sharing Christ, this targeted campaign also boosted our CHE trainer’s work in Baba Dogo, reaching homes previously not in the program.
Our CHE trainer trained a group of parents whose children have various developmental disabilities. The training focused on what it means to live healthy in all aspects of life. Participants also learned CHE multiplication principles — how to teach their friends and neighbors about these lessons. After the training, more parents have joined our CHE program. We pray that these parents eventually will join together to form their own group.
Our CHE trainer also conducted a forum with community health volunteers, local youth and women’s groups, and other organizations in Baba Dogo to share MOHI’s best practices on holistic development. After the forum, many of these groups expressed their willingness to work with MOHI to improve services in the community. For example, the Kenya Widows and Orphans Support Programme, a local NGO, partnered with our CHE program to conduct door-to-door HIV testing. This is encouraging because many people are hesitant to visit local clinics for testing.
Representatives from a local organization visited our center to teach students the “School of 5” — five occasions when it’s necessary to wash our hands: general bathing, before breakfast, before lunch, before dinner, and after using the bathroom.
Children from our center and the community, aged nine months to 14 years, received immunizations against measles/rubella during a nationwide campaign. Our CHE groups helped mobilize parents to ensure that their children were immunized.
Students Join Our Resource Room!
At the beginning of this year, our center opened a new resource room to serve children from the Baba Dogo community who have severe and profound developmental disabilities. We are excited that two children have now joined the program!
Rivaldo is 9 years old and lives with his mom and three siblings. At a young age, Rivaldo was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He is a bundle of joy with a contagious smile, and he loves to dance and listen to music. Rivaldo has never attended school, and his mom is extremely excited about this opportunity and being able to learn therapies that she can implement at home.
Gift is 9 years old and lives with his mom, dad, and two siblings. Gift, the youngest in his family, has Down syndrome. Gift loves to hula hoop and make silly faces in the mirror. Gift's mother will be working in the classroom with the children and is excited to see how Gift will grow through interaction with other students and adults.
Our staff occupational therapist works daily with Rivaldo and Gift. We are starting the program with these children because their parents are highly committed to keeping them in school and implementing therapy at home. Our staff continues to identify other children for the program as it expands in the future.
We are trusting God to continue equipping our newly-established library with materials to help our children improve their literacy and writing skills. We also aspire to designate a section of the library as a computer lab so that our students can master technology skills as well.
This term, we witnessed frequent bouts of illness among our students, which affects their studies and also performance in class through chronic absenteeism and inability to concentrate. Some of these cases are due to parents failing to secure proper medical treatment and necessary medications for their children. Our social workers have been closely monitoring these children and ensuring that they visit our Pangani clinic and receive referrals to other medical centers if needed. Also our CHE trainer has disseminated information to their parents on disease prevention.
Outreach Hope Church
This term our Discipleship Officer led even more community members to Christ and connected them to local churches. Several of them now attend OHC and continue to be discipled by the DO. OHC also plans to conduct an outreach week in August involving prayer meetings and one-on-one, relational evangelism. Additionally, OHC currently is raising funds through church members and friends to construct a new sanctuary.
Please join us in praying for:
Freedom from cultism and other false teachings in the community so that our friends and neighbors in Baba Dogo may know and receive Christ’s truth and love.
Our eighth-grade students as they prepare for their national exams for high school next term.
Good health and safety for our students and their families, our staff, and community members.
OHC’s outreach efforts in the community, especially this month’s outreach week.
Missions of Hope International, CMF International, and numerous churches and other organizations partner to restore hope to individuals in disadvantaged communities through spiritual, social, physical, and economic empowerment. CMF uses its expertise in child sponsorship, CHE, and holistic development to support MOHI’s transformational work in Kenya.
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