This came from Wellingtone this morning. Please pray for him.
"I have been down with severe malaria, lack of appetite, and lack of sense of smell totally. I went to medication when we left Kisii (after the funeral of Teacher Andrew) and noticed high temperatures. I guess mosquitoes must have bitten me when we remained in the tent of the night we took the body of Teacher Andrew to Kisii. Today I left the bed for down stairs to relax in the living room since last Sunday.
We facilitated the transport of the (Andrew’s) household goods to Kisii. The Aunt got a lorry that took $300. She was so thankful and promised to bring us bananas when she comes to Nairobi. We thank God for helping them take the( Tr. Andrew’s) things home. Pray for me to regain some strength and appetite. I haven't been able to drive, but today I feel I can make a short distance though feeling dizzy.
November 19, 2020
Update from Anajali on the situation with Teacher Andrew’s death.
The police apprehended someone thought to be involved with Teacher Andrew’s murder, but the person was released from custody. This caused a huge protest from the community which the police dispersed with tear gas. As you can see, the people are incensed over what happened. Last night I received the following email from Wellingtone. Please be in prayer for all the details surrounding the travel up-country and burial. May God’s word be proclaimed.
“The body of teacher Andrew leaves the morgue tomorrow morning (the 19th) and burial is Friday the 20th. Thirty staff, church and school members will represent the school. Remember us in prayers that we shall travel safely and run the program well.” Wellingtone.
Sad News from the Anajali School in Kibera, Kenya. November 8, 2020
Teacher Andrew, Head of teaching English at the Anajali Primary School in Kibera and English teacher to Grade 8 as well as Classroom teacher for Grade 6, was found dead this morning near one of the supports of the four lane highway that passes through Kibera just below the Anajali School. He was a faithful attendant at the Anajali Church and was possibly on his way to church this morning when this happened. I would suspect foul play in this incident. He was loved by his students and will be sorely missed. Teacher Andrew always wanted to know Jesus better. Please pray for the students and faculty at Anajali as they mourn this loss. I do not want to post the picture of his body in the garbage and debris where he was found. Remember him as he was in the picture below. Gangs are rampant in the slum and if you refuse to give them what they want they will kill you.
From Wellingtone, November 2, 2020
Here in Kenya, we are adjusting to the new normal. Covid19 is on the rise. So far in our country, we have lost 7 school Principals and 4 school directors . 35 students and 20 teachers are quarantined in isolation hospitals. We thank God for your continued prayers and support. We are all safe and we strictly sanitize, keep distance and wash as regularly as possible. The new toilets have improved our hygiene in a big way. May you and those who helped achieve this dream be blessed forever. Rain is a scarce commodity. This has forced us to rely on water tank suppliers. We thank you so much for helping us sustain the crops on the high school farm. We pray that it rains before we deplete the water fund. The plants are showing signs of recovery which means we shall have a good harvest.
Continue to pray for Bayhack as we seek to relocate him into a program that will teach him a trade. Pray for him to be willing to learn and to seek help for his emotional problems. Remember that he lost his mother when the twins were born.
Pastor Paul, the former pastor of the extension church in Western, passed away and was supposed to be buried last Friday but due to financial difficulties the family could not raise money for the mortuary and hospital bills. They couldn't buy a casket for the body. They couldn't get a hearse to carry his remains. This was too unfortunate and we postponed the burial to Friday this week to give the family time to conduct a fundraiser yesterday. Remember this funeral in prayers that we shall inter his remains this week.
The President has announced that the government is contemplating a total lockdown to curtail the surge in death and infections. He has also said they might be forced to discontinue across the country traveling. The minister of education, however, feels if the curve is contained they might open schools and colleges very soon.
Pass our regards to everyone. Wellingtone
October 26, 2020
This from Wellingtone, as schools have opened for 4th and 8th grades. We have been supporting the teachers through this pandemic.
Teachers and subordinates have appreciated so much the support they receive. This coronavirus season has been very difficult, but you have held our hands through it. Though the second wave of infection is on the rise we pray that it will be contained. Five schools that had opened have been ordered closed because students and teachers have been infected. God has been so kind to us. We have not encountered any unusual thing. We have resumed Saturday studies to catch up with the syllabus. Most children have forgotten the content and yesterday I challenged my colleagues to update themselves too. Do not tire praying for us. Wellingtone.
September 11, 2020
"Today we arrived at school at 6:20 AM to a happy reception. One of the parents led us to a worship song "pokea sifa” (I love this song. Anne) "This song talks about Jesus our Lord receiving all the praises and lifted be His name forever. After the worship chorus that everyone sang with total devotion, we had our devotion. We were encouraged to mind about our neighbors and people in need. One of our Muslim parents shared with us what she had gone through since corona virus broke out in our country. She has 14 kids all by herself. God created women with special strengths! 14 children all locked in the house without any income. She said she contemplated killing the children and herself several times, but she could hear a soft voice persuade her not to do it. The voice went ahead to remind her that He gave His life to save her and the children. She reminded me of the day I shared with her about the love of Christ. She thanked Anajali for making her know Christ, and she said that other Muslim women have been asking her as to why we show sincere compassion to the families of Kibera. Her answer has been because we know God and love Christ. I felt so touched that through this food supply program, many lives have been saved. Through this program we have evangelized several thousands of people in Kibera and beyond. God has revealed Himself to many people. The kids who came with their parents could not stop thanking us. They kept on saying "Asante na Mungu akubariki.” (Thank you and God bless you) Some could not hide their joy as they said they were going to eat Ugali and Chapati to their fill for many days.
I thank you so much for the love you have shown us. May God bless you abundantly.
August 1, 2020
During the past few months a new chief is over the L district of Kibera where the Anajali School is located. Please pray that this chief will have favor towards the Anajali School. He seems to be causing a lot of needless trouble for Anajali and a great deal of expense. Please storm the gates of heaven that there will be peace and understanding between Anajali and this chief. God can change the hearts of men. Anne for Anajali.
July 30, 2020
Today, Thursday, the 30th of July, 2020, was very good. Most families were so happy to see us in school at 6:45 AM. We were helped to carry the food supplies to the office then assembled keeping social distancing for devotion and prayer.
The children that managed to accompany their parents said how much they missed school and church. They recalled school days and how sure they were to get at least a meal unlike staying home. One of the little girls said sometimes they pray for food and we call them for their supplies. She said God has worked through our school to keep them alive. Such testimonies touch me so much that I restrain myself from shedding tears before these families.
Every family we served had a special remark,"Thanks and God bless you abundantly "
Life keeps being a challenge as Covid-19 positive cases increase in the country and mostly in informal settlements like Kibera. The ministry of health insists on people wearing face masks, using sanitizers, washing hands, and keeping social distancing; but it doesn't supply them with food and other pressing issues. As we near the end of the month, we need to pray that landlords will have mercy on most of our families. I was told that a landlord went to demand rent and when he missed he brought a welder who welded the door from outside leaving a mother with her two months old baby locked inside for 3 days without food. Some people are so cruel indeed. It took the efforts of the neighborhood to intervene and break the door to free her. We thank you so much for standing with us during this difficult times. Things will get better. We are hopeful Covid-19 will be contained, and lives will be restored. We thank you so much for putting a smile on these people’s faces. God bless, Wellingtone
July 1, 2020
From Wellingtone this morning:
We arrived at school at 6:30 AM. We were received by very happy children and their parents. This program has become very important to help us follow up on our children. We held our devotion and one of the parents led us in a prayer.
We started giving food supplies and all the 35 families who were to receive lined up for their share. Every one left the school so happy. But there was this one parent Caro who shared with us a chilling story about her cousin aged 42 and mother of 6 children. Caro said the cousin had lost her job due to covid-19 effects; therefore, she couldn't provide for the family. When her children asked her for dinner on Friday evening, the family went to bed on hungry stomachs. Caro, our parent, also did not have food to help the cousin feed her family. So on Saturday morning the cousin decided to do the unthinkable thing. She sniffed out the life of her four children aged 2 to 8 years by strangling them. The two older children managed to escape from their mother and went to report to Caro, our parent, what had befallen their siblings. When Caro went to see what had happened, she found bodies of the four innocent children lying on the floor. The police were called in and collected the bodies. The woman was arrested and was presented to court yesterday where she admitted killing the children because she didn't want to see them suffer. She was detained by the police to undergo mental tests before she can take a plea.
Dear friends, we are so thankful for your continued support to cushion our children from the hard starvation biting most people in the slum of Kibera. May God continue blessing you so much. Imagine a mother taking the life from her own children!!! Snuffing life out of these innocent ones because she couldn't get food to them.
With regards, Wellingtone
June 24, 2020
We arrived at school at 6:45 AM. We received a very warm welcome. It has been sometime since we saw the kids and their parents. We had a devotion and prayer from one of the parents before we started distributing food supplies to the families. We received very encouraging feedback from the first time supplies.Some families used the food for a month others two weeks. There was this particular family that said they regulated the supply and had one meal in fear of exhausting the food. But even with that he couldn't stop children of their neighbors gate crashing. Those of us who have visited Kibera will bear me witness that there can be no secret because some rooms are divided by cartons or corrugated sheets with holes that make a mischievous neighbor to peep through. So with this environment once food is on the table the children in the neighboring house having gone hungry numberless days will of course join on the meal without invitation. Our children and parents were so happy for this opportunity to receive food after they had exhausted the previous supplies.
In Kibera infections for Covid-19 are increasing and restrictions have being added, but there is very little support if any to cushion the people in the slum. Water has continued being very scarce. There is one public hospital in the neighborhood where I live, which was closed indefinitely because all their medical staff were tested positive for Covid-19. Underage pregnancy is overwhelming with numbers exceeding 17,000 girls aged 10 to 19 years. So far, all our children are safe and we thank you so much for supporting us. There was a case yesterday in the slum where a 15 year old girl was married off to a 16 year old boy - both Primary school going pupils because the boy’s family could support the girl’s family with a packet of meal flour. This type of case breaks my heart. This is recycling poverty in families! I registered my concerns through the village administration, and I hope something will be done to rescue the young girl.
The food supplies you give to our families has cushioned them from hunger and several slum crimes. Without food in their homes, the children can be used to peddle drugs; and be pushed into child prostitution, which will expose them to crime, early pregnancies, and HIV aids infections. Thank you so much as you have played an amazing role in the lives of the families of our school and those surrounding the school buildings.
With regards, Wellingtone”
I apologize for being silent these past days. We continue to provide food and have done all the families once that attend Anajali as well as the neighbors once and the teachers once.
Today marked the last round of families we distributed food to and extended a couple of supplies to the first families that we stated with. We arrived at 6:25 AM to a very happy group of parents spread in the compound to keep to social distancing. We held a devotion, prayed, and started giving out food. The families were so happy to receive their supplies. Some shed tears of joy. There was a little play group boy who decided to remain in school to learn. The mother had to convince him to go home and take his school bag. This indicated how much our children miss school. I was equally touched to learn that this 3 year old child appreciated school so much. We finished the exercise safely and we thank God so much.
A lot of heart wrenching stories are told about crowds running away with food supplies that are brought into the slum by political leaders, leading to serious injuries and fatalities; but our distribution of food has been very smooth and very friendly. We thank you so much for standing with us during this very challenging period.
Our neighbors could not resist stopping me on our way out to request if they could get some food assistance. I told them to pray that God will hear their prayers.
We also want to thank God for protecting us and most of our parents during this time of coronavirus. The two parents that were sick have recovered and joined their children. The numbers with the virus have kept increasing in Kibera, but so far we are safe. Thanks for your prayers. I have a lot to share. Stories to encourage each one of us. We have listened to testimonies that moved us to tears. May God continue blessing you all.
Asante Asante na Mungu awabariki.
Anajali Ministries will continue to feed people as long as necessary as schools and the country are now closed until September. Those who received the first food supplies have been out for some time so we will continue done the lists that Dickson and Evans have of the families and the order in which they received supplies. May God move many to continue helping us feed the children. Anne for Anajali Ministries
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
We received rains from yesterday up to now. It rained cats and dogs. When we arrived in school at 6:30 AM, over twenty families had already arrived with most of them soaking wet. We had a short devotion and prayed and started distributing food supplies. Every family gave their thanks to God for giving them good friends that cared about them during these hard times that hunger is ravaging them.
In Africa, Albinos are an endangered people. When captured their bodies are dismembered and their body parts sold to witch doctors to be used as black magic. It is a tall order to grow to maturity though governments have very strict legal penalties for perpetrators of such heinous practices. Today a lady who is an albino managed to carefully and secretly walk to Anajali. The reason for coming was that she had been hiding from people that have been trailing her for months. She cannot go out to look for work or food because she might be killed and her body parts sold. So when she got to us we counseled and prayed with her then gave her some food and assistance to keep her safe in her house. If you ask me how she knew we were giving food this morning, I have no idea. Instead I see God in the whole picture. Thank you so much for your continued support. We have saved this lady. If she landed in wrong hands she would not have seen another day. May God continue providing for your needs so that you continue touching lives of the most vulnerable people in Kibera. It is still raining heavily here.
Asante na Mungu akubariki.
With regards, Wellingtone
May 23, 2020 from Wellingtone
We arrived at Anajali school at 6:05 AM. Martin ushered us in. We carried food stuff from the van to my office where distribution of food supplies is done. Some parents and pupils joined us and in 10 minutes we had emptied the van.
Evans, our school clerk, called out the names of the parents one after the other and it went on well. It was after we had done the 30th family that Martin our guard came running from the gate to me. He said, “Headteacher, another woman wants to see you.” I told him to allow her in but he further said she is not a parent in Anajali. I told him to allow her in. What I saw left me so humbled. There came in a very pregnant woman holding one hand on the knee and another on the back.Her mouth and lips were dry and her eyes were hot red soaked in tears. I helped her sit on the bench at the kids bay. She faintly told me she had seen a neighbor come in with food and the neighbor told her that she had got the food supplies from Anajali, so she gathered her remaining energy to run to the school. At this time a lot was going on in my mind. She said she had gone for two days without food and anything could help her sustain her unborn baby!! We gave her some food and she gained energy to walk straight from school. I doubted if she was going to get to her house before the baby came. I will keep in touch with her later. So we finished with the remaining families and the day was over full of God's love and blessings.
For those who have kept supporting these lovely people in Kibera, may God bless you. Today your donation has put smiles to 36 families and saved the live of the unborn baby whom we don't know whether it is a baby boy or girl. You are so special. May God shower you with His protection, provision and good health.
Message from Wellingtone on 5-22-2020
By today 150 positive cases have been reported in Kibera.Remember our people in prayers. If the government blocks up Kibera it will be so serious.Many people will not die from Coronavirus but hunger.
May 20, 2020 from Wellingtone
May 20, 2020
We arrived at 6:15 AM and most of the 35 families had arrived. After a short devotion from Teacher Felix, I asked one of the parents to pray. When they were still looking at who was to pray, Jesca Ongayo, a grade two pupil, asked every one to close eyes and pray. She said, ”Ooh God, bless the Headteacher, teachers, Teacher Anne and all our fiends. Thank you God for providing us with food and money for rent and water. Amen” We were all mesmerized by how this young girl gained personality to pray for us. We gave her a round of applause and started distributing food supplies. Her mother was around the 14th to get her supplies. Jescah paused for a picture and asked the mother to put the food on her head to help her weak mother carry the food home.
This is really touching. Families have gone without food for days. Fathers and mothers have shared very traumatic testimonies. They sit in darkness without light, houses dry without food and water, and wait to die. When they get information that Anajali school wants them early in the morning at school, they all break into celebration because they have already heard from other families how the school through their friends has given food supplies to last at least two weeks. But some families say it takes them over 3 weeks. They hardly sleep as they struggle to push the morning to come earlier. So they keep time. They arrive early as some leave their kids awake but waiting for their arrival from school with God sent food supplies. I also hardly sleep when we are going to Kibera the following morning to meet this great people of God. I feel humbled to be used by God to serve His people. When every child and parent says" Asante na Mungu akubariki” (translation: Thank you and God who has blessed us) as they leave school, I feel more humbled. May God continue blessing you handsomely.
May 11, 2020
"We have lined up 35 families to get food supplies, soap. sanitizers, cooking oil and sugar.This is the hardest time of our people in Kibera. They have been locked inside for about 50 days.The government doesn't want to know what these desperate families eat. They must buy water which is very scarce. Heavy floods swept away the water pipes so the few that are available attract very long queues. Woman wake up as early as 4am to be able to buy this scarce and very important commodity. Our support to buy water and cushion the most vulnerable with rent has been received with a lot of thanks.
These families shed tears of joy as they wish Anajali long life. This compassion has never been expressed in the larger Kibera slum before.
Last weekend some food supplies were dropped at the chef's office and before we knew about it over 10,000 people scrambled for it and it left a 76 old lady stampeded to death. The intestines were bare and it was a gory thing to withstand. Mothers who carried little children were not spared either. Our program has been so organized that it has left many people wondering how we manage our people with maximum decorum. This is all because of God's favor and protection. May God continue providing for all of you that have fed these hungry innocent people in Kibera.
Remember us in prayers as we go to Kibera tomorrow at 6 AM to serve God's people.
May 4, 2020, From Wellingtone this morning.
Thank you so much for the food and other pressing issues of the vulnerable families of Kibera.
We normally hold a short devotion session before we start distributing food. Interestingly, when we call for alter call everybody wants to receive Christ which makes us say a collective alter call prayer for everyone.
The lockdown will be here with us for some time. This current extension will go up to 4th of June. The number of Covid-19 cases keeps rising. Currently the number is at 500 cases 150 recovered and 25 dead.
Our prayer is that the situation will be contained to allow people to go back to their lives. Yesterday when we got into Kibera to give families food, we found a crowd around the library which is quite unusual with coronavirus restrictions. I slowed down, pulled down the window, but with my mask on inquired about the crowd. I was informed that a woman had stabbed her two children the previous evening to death because they had asked her for food. She also stabbed herself in the stomach but did not die. So the police had come to move the bodies to the morgue. It was so sad and painful losing lives of a 6 and 4 year old innocent girls.
You can see how many children have been cushioned from abuse and danger from the parents and guardians with your gifts for food. With lockdown, many families are faced with starvation and other very important needs like water and rent, which makes parents turn their frustration to spouses and children. How I pray we shall keep helping them until the lockdown is over.
April 29, 2020
“It is 6 AM and as I shout at the gate, it is not Martin our guard who opens the gate for me. Very happy faces of innocent young souls of our children applaud our arrival. I hear chants of 'today we shall eat ugali, today we shall eat ugali!” The parents are gathered 1.5m apart with very jovial spirits. They welcome us and help to carry the food supplies from our school van. It is indeed true many hands make light work. Evans calls their names as they line up to collect the food stuffs, masks and we sanitize them. It was very humbling to see parents and guardians shed tears of joy. I couldn't hold back mine too. Going for three to four days without food and you are given food to push you for two weeks is s miracle ,and if it is not, then I will need to be taught afresh. We served 46 familes. There was a guardian of a kid in PP1 who could hardly walk to school but was assisted by a neighbour. He is 76 years and for a week he had not had anything cooked in his house but good neighbors gave him and the grand daughter something to keep them going. He was so happy. He spoke in his vernacular but the neighbor is a Kisii too and translated. He said thanks for saving him and the grand daughter. He said he will come to Church when the government opens up worshipping. I took a picture. He has a walking stick to support himself. With this year shedding testimonies I thank every hand that has supported this life saving initiative. We pray that God will continue providing so that we shall reach all 545 children of our school and our neighbors whom we could not reach last Sunday.
I happened to visit Maxwell, the young man who met Jesus Christ last time in our estate, and he was sober. After I prayed with them they requested for a Bible. I have discovered most of our children have parents who want to read the Bible, but they don’t have. For now we need to cushion them from the unforgiving hunger that had swept in almost every homestead. Mungu awabariki. God bless you all.
With regards,” Wellingtone
April 27, 2020 Wellingtone wrote this today. Pray for the man in this story. God is at work.
"Do you recall this young man who normally marshals our car from the turn off to school around the library? He looks drunk most of the time and doesn't allow people to block our vehicles to and from school along the library stretch. He was our guest today in the morning. The security guards informed me there was a man at the main gate shivering and calling out for 'Anajali' to come and safe him from dying due to hunger. I had no Idea what was ahead waiting for me.
Quickly i put on my mask and armed myself with my hand sanitizer and followed the guard to the gate. When the man spotted me he shouted even louder and asked me first to lay a hand on him for prayers. I quickly sanitized my hands and prayed for him. I led him to accept Christ .All this time our estate residents stood on their balconies to watch the 'mad man'. After prayers, he fell asleep for about 10 minutes. I panicked and thought he had died. I stood there helpless, looked up and said a silent prayer and the man sneezed and sat up then said he had gone without food for three days. His house had been swept downstream the previous night forcing him to sleep in the cold.He was left with nothing but I interjected and told him he might have remained with nothing but Jesus had not departed him. I thank God for my wife Leonida who followed me up to know why i was taking long to go back to the house especially during this Covid19 pandemic.When she saw the man she went back to the house and came back running with a packet of milk. She gave it to me to give to the man. I quickly opened and gave it the the man he gulped quickly and seemed to be sobering up.I helped him stand up and people cheered from a distance. I could hear some say 'really these neighbours are men of God'.
He regained some strength and asked him if he had a relative in Kibera but he said the relative had chased him out after he ran there for an overnight shelter after his house was swept away by the raging floods of Ngong river that passes through Kibera slum.I went with him to talk to the relative who has agreed to put up with him as he looks for ways to settle.I have given them some food and some supplies and they really appreciated. All this happened too fast that I never remembered to carry my phone which would have helped me take a few pictures.
We thank God for sending us to serve in Kibera." Wellingtone
April 25, 2020
This from Wellingtone today.
"I write to update you how today was. It rained all day heavily in Kibera. It reduced at 11am. Surprisingly the first family arrived at the school at 6am in heavy downpours 10 km away. By the time we arrived in school at 6:30 AM over 10 families were there. We were informed by some families that 80 houses had been washed downstream at night. We are not sure if any of our children were affected but we shall keep track.
I don’t know how best I can package our thanks. Putting food on the table and getting water for use is as hard as squeezing water out of a stone. Every parent that received food today was so happy. Some knelt down to express their thanks to God. We thank you so much for supporting this noble course. Please send our sincere thanks to every individual or organization that has enabled 180 Kibera members to have a meal for two weeks running. We managed to give 30 families at school and one family went to our home and we served them there. We have a list of 30 more families that we shall give food to early next week. We try to avoid crowding and all Kibera coming to Anajali.
We appreciate your advice to consider our neighbors at school. They come at the gate and some children come to peep through the fence and beg painfully for food. I have told Livingston to collect the names of the very vulnerable. They are around 40 households!!!." Wellingtone
April 11, 2020
News from Wellingtone about the feeding program:
"Thank you so much for thinking about our people in Kibera.Yesterday was a public holiday here and Monday will also be Easter monday which is also a public holiday. The wire will come in either Tuesday or Wednesday next week. .
The government has directed everyone to put on Masks and we are not an exception Anybody found without one is fined $200 or sentenced to 6 months in prison. I bought 30 pieces that we are still using .We were advised to dispose them properly after use.Social distancing is also a huge concern and any gathering without considering social distancing is disbanded and people arrested.I looked at the pictures Kathleen sent from Kibera and that was a good initiative too.We shall however maintain strict health procedures laid out by the government. We shall buy food stuff, but also give soap and sanitizers and masks to keep our people safe from catching the coronavirus. We shall plan for them to come at different times to avoid any possible crowds.
We thank everyone for the generosity that will make a very big difference in the lives of the families that shall receive food assistance.
Yesterday Raila the former prime minister through his wife Idda brought some food stuff in Kibera and what followed was a stampede that left 30 people seriously injured with broken arms and ribs.The crowds were uncontrollable even with the police hurling tear gas.The lucky strong crowds surged forward and took every thing running into the slum with all the food supplies.This is how bad the situation is in Kibera.What happened yesterday has helped us plan well.We shall avoid families meeting at the same time as they collect their food aid. This will help us contain them..
We are so grateful. May God continue blessing you." Wellingtone
April 8, 2020
This is just in from Wellingtone about the situation facing the children who depend on school for their food. We would like to institute a feeding program and do have a little money with which to begin. But more is needed. If you would like to help, send check or money order to Anajali Ministries PO Box 46 Scotland CT 06264 or go on the web page and donate through pay-pal. www.hecareskenya.org Please indicate that it is for the feeding program. Thank you, Anne Blodgett
"Here life is tough.The women from Kibera who used to go in the estate for menial work can no longer be allowed in.Most people are home and very restricted movement. But serving God especially in the slum can be very tricky.We were warned by the estate management not allow visitors but what happens when a parent in the slum goes hungry for a couple of days and cannot get to see Wellingtone?They come and go through the procedure of washing their hands and being fumigated. Before we know the bell is ringing repeatedly. When someone goes out with a sanitizer thinking maybe it is Dickson or Evans I get a report some lady from Kibera wants to see me.I get to the gate and even before the woman says her name and problem, the eyes are an ocean of tears.She goes ahead to appreciate how the meal we serve at school has been very important to the children and now that school is closed the children risk contracting Coronavirus because they have started scavenging for food in the dustbins in the estate.Some go and get home unsuccessful in getting any food.I thank God for my children who are willing to skip a meal to share with families in Kibera.I always pray for Leonida who also helps to pray with such families. So in short it is just a matter of time before we shall get reports of people dying from hunger and not Covid19.
"We shall appreciate any program to cushion our kids from the marauding hunger in Kibera. Food prices are sky rocketing with least regard of the prevailing economic conditions. Yes we can help buy food for the families that currently cannot put a meal on the table." from Wellingtone
Anajali Ministries would like to be able to bring electricity into the high school land so that a high school can eventually be built. The cost of the electricity, pump, and control panel? $20,000. Right now Anajali Ministries has $6,000 towards this project.
Ellie, Gustafson is offering her book Dynamo for a gift of $15 or more towards this project. Dynamo tells the story of a horse and the high-stakes world of horse shows along with the good, bad, and ugly of human relationships. The berock of the story centers on our sovereign God.
If you pre-fer non-fiction, Author Anne C. D. Smith is offering her book When We Were Your Age. This series of interviews of really old folks will show life in a simplier time for 25 former children who grew up in New England.
To receive one or more of these books, you must request what you would like. A $15 donation per book is suggested for each request.
Be part of a miracle to see progress towards an Anajali High School.
Plans for mission trips to the Anajali Primary School in Kenya during the 2019 calander year will be featured in upcoming newsletters. If you are interested in either the February trip or the June/July trip, please contact Anajali Ministries as soon as possible so that the process can be set in motion with adequate preparation time. Do not use the application on this web page as it is currently not working. Call 860-456-0231 or mail an inquiry to Anajali Ministries, PO Box 46, Scotland, CT 06264. Thank you for your interest.
Please be in prayer for a 16 year old girl named Sarah who currently in in the hospital due to a very low blood count and kidney failure.
Continue to pray for the family of Kelvin, a 13 year old 7th grader at Anajali who died by his father's hand. The father is in prision and the family continues to morn. The father was the only bread winner.
Two successful trips to the Anajali Primary School in Kibera, a large slum in Nairobi, Kenya, took place in February and late June into July. The most exciting happening during the June/July trip centered around preparing a roadway into the high school land and actually having the Sparr Drilling Company drill the well there. More than an adequate supply of fresh water for a high school and the surrounding area of Masai people was reached at 853 feet. Pray for the needed funds to bring in the electricity and hook ups so the water can be accessed daily.
December 29, 2017
Plans are under way for the February 2018 mission trip to the Anajali School in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. We plan to leave February 13th from Boston and return on the 27th. There is still room to be part of this trip for those who would like to go. You will need to contact Anajali Ministries by email or by telephone as the application part of this web site is not currently operating. We will be working with and teaching the children, visiting in homes, traveling up-country to do evangelism and ministry, and hopefully seeing progress with the drilling of the well on the high school property.
For those of you who would like to go during our summer mission trip of 2018, contact us as we will be planning that trip for the end of June into July. During this trip we will be updating the profiles of the children, teaching, and visiting in homes as well as ministering in the church.
If you are not able to go, perhaps you would like to help with the financial part of the trip. Baggage fees, de-worming medicine, and socks for the children all require extra money as well as school supplies. If you sponsor a child, you can send a letter and gift to your child. Please choose one item from the following list: back pack (no wheels,) an NIV Bible, a fleece blanket, school supplies (composition book, pencils, erasers, hand held pencil sharpener, black ball point pens, and stickers,) a fleece jacket, knitted hat and mittens, or dress for girls, shirt for boys. If you send a gift for your child, why not send an extra gift for a child that does not yet have a sponsor. Be sure to write your child's name on a piece of paper and safety pin it or tape it to the item.
We will be collecting handerchiefs (need 1,300) for the June trip. We can use jump ropes, hackey sack balls, and head bands. We will also be collecting underwear for girls in grades 5 through 8 along with sanitary pads. If you would like a receipt for what you give, please include the receit for your items and your address.
1. Post-election violence continues to rip Kenya apart. Pray that Odinga, leader of the opposition party, will go to court to settle his differences concerning the outcome of the election. At present, he does not want to do this but rather seems to be encouraging continued violence in areas where he is popular.
2. Pray that schools will be able to open soon. Wellingtone is hoping Anajali can begin again the week of the 21st of August. He has had to hire four fully armed police to guard Anajali. Two take the day and two take the night.
3. There is currently no public transport on the roads. Food is not being transported so there is none to buy. Petrol, gas for vehicles, is not being transported so there is none in gas stations. People are afraid. Pray that normal life will be restored soon.
4. A new church member of the Anajali Church has lost her son to sickle-cell anemia. He came to Sunday School but died recently. He did not attend Anajali but was in Class 2 in another school. Pray for the mother and that burial of her son will be possible soon.
5. Pray that Anajali Ministries will have the funds to help meet the needs of the Anajali community, which includes sending the graduating Class 8 students to high school.
We praise God that He is Almighty and greatly to be praised. He loves His people and cares about the things which we face. Let us unite our hearts to our Father and praise Him no matter what.
In His service, Anne for Anajali
The following information and prayer requests came from Wellingtone today, July 20th. Please make the elections a matter of prayer.
We appreciated the team led by Kathleen visiting the school and Kibera slums.The families visited still appreciate up to now and say their prayers changed lives for better.
Here we are doing end of term exams and the kids are passing with flying colors. We attribute this to the motivation they got from the team and gifts . Teachers are also so happy for the gifts and inspiration they got from the mission team.
We as a family enjoyed mingling with the team and holding devotions.
Kenyan politics is gaining momentum and has become very chaotic.Gangs are forming in Kibera and information reaching us is that whichever way election results go they want to cause havoc.We therefore have been advised to buy enough for should transport and supplies be cut off. We are anticipating some extra beddings should we receive the Anajali church and school community members in the estate.
After experiencing long drought spells the harvest was affected but now people are selling their produce for fair prices especially Maize and beans.
Now that everybody is worried about the elections, many institutions are buying to stock enough food for term three and term one 2018.My prayer is that God should open ways for us to have enough food to avoid kids going hungry. When election war breaks up they target food stores and burn them down.
We really need prayers. The election date is 8th of August 2017.
Thank you for holding the needs up in prayer.
Kathleen for Anajali
High School students have reported for the new 2017 school year. Fifteen of the graduating Class 8 students have received sponsors in order for them to attend high school. News of a sponsor brings tears of joy to the student who thought that he/she might never have this opportunity. That leaves twenty-one students still praying and waiting and hoping that someone will respond to the need. How about you? Would you make a difference in the life of a child? Cost is $1,000 a year payable in full or installments. Contact Anajali Ministries at 860-456-0231 or email me at email@example.com.
Enrollment at Anajali has reached 600 students for 2017. Pray for Teacher James as his Class 4 students number 100. Pray for all the teachers as they embark on this new school year. Pray for food to feed this many students. Perhaps an extra donation at this time to help buy food would be something you could do.
Anajali Ministries Prepares for 2017 Mission Trips
Why go on an Anajali Ministry Mission Trip?
"If you have ever considered the idea of going on a missions trip, I encourage you to go with Anajali Ministries. I have been on several trips with my own church. They have primarily been building churches. I have seen the poverty, and it is something that I never get used to, but it has always been from afar. Traveling with Anajali this past June was a trip that was completely different. As we drove up to the school the ﬁrst day, I was hit by the contrast of the house we were staying in to the deplorable conditions of the slum. I love kids, so I enjoyed the chances we got to play with the children from the school and teach them through skits and songs. The smiles on their faces are a blessing. We visited with several families of the school children. There are no words to describe the living conditions and the struggles they face each day. We heard their stories and heartaches. We read Bible verses and prayed with them. That visit through the slum brought me to tears once we returned to the school. When we worshiped with them at church and an open air evangelism event, the depth of their joy for Jesus was very real. Even though I didn't understand most of the words, I could feel the Spirit there. For me, one bad morning can halt my joy. In comparison, I have so much and the people we served have so little, yet their love for Jesus is so deep. It is very humbling. A trip with Anajali Ministries could change your life!" by Kathleen Matson, participant on the summer 2016 trip to Anajali.
Two trips are in the plans for 2017.
Possible Winter Dates: February 16 - March 2 or February 23 - March 9.
Possible Summer Dates: June 14 - June 28 or June 21 through July 5.
If you are considering either of these times, please let Anne Blodgett know as soon as possible. Thank you.
Anajali Ministries continues to support the children of the Anajali Primary School in Kibera, the largest slum in Africa, located in Nairobi, Kenya. Applications are being taken for the February/March 2017 Mission Trip to the Anajali School. Activites will include working with the students on some science projects, distributing gifts, encouraging teachers, visiting in the slum, and other projects, which could include construction and painting. If you are interested, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not use the application button on this web page as it is currently not available.
A second team will be going during the months of our June/July. Look for updates on this and apply if you are interested in this trip by emailing email@example.com. Do not use the button on this web page as it is currently not available.
Work continues on the new kitchen. New walls, windows and doors, roof and floor are currently finished. Donations are needed for stoves, tables and shelves. Use the Pay-Pay option on this web page or send your donation through the US mail sending your contribution to Anajali Ministries, PO Box 46, Scotland, CT 06264.
Two other ongoing projects include the purchasing of a new van for the school and the construction of a well on the high school property. Consider giving a gift to help these projects come to completion. Donations may be sent through Pay-Pay on this web page or through the US mail to Anajali Ministries, PO Box 46, Scotland, CT 06264.
Students are graduating in November 2016 from Class 8 at the primary school. Each one is a worthy candidate who wishes to continue his/her education by attending high school. This is possible only if there are people who are willing to sponsor a student. The fee is $1000 per student due in early December 2016. More than one person can help sponsor a single student. Also payments by the month are possible.
On the primary level, we continue to look for people to sponsor children for $20 a month. This money benefits the child by paying the teachers their allowances and helping to provide food for their daily meal. You will receive a picture of your child, an update each year, and the opportunity to send a small gift and letter to your child twice a year. Contact Anajali Ministries either through email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by the US mail to Anajali Ministries, PO Box 46, Scotland, CT, or by telephone at 860-456-0231.
Anajali Ministries took applications for the 2016 June/July mission trip to the Anajali School. A great group of people responded and spent time doing updates on all the students, teaching the Ten Commandments, taking part in church services, visiting in the homes of some of the children,and doing Open Air Evangelism.
Items collected for the 2016 June/July trip included cloth handkerchiefs, colored pencils, toothbrushes, girls' underwear sizes 10 - 14 and women's underwear sizes 5 and 6, sanitary pads, gently used or new match box type cars and trucks, small stuffed animals or beanie baby type animals for pre-school students, red and black ball point pens, pencils, large erasers (no pencil top erasers) and crayons. Each gift received brought smiles to the faces of these children who have so very little of this world's goods and could not attend school without your help. Thank you.
Three young men and two women made up the February 2016 mission trip to Anajali. The men worked on building a water tower for the new water tank. They also worked in the classrooms helping students understand what construction workers do and the tools that they use. Classes in CPR were conducted. De-worming was done on all students and staff. Encouragement cards were given to all students except Baby Class who received small stuffed animals. All gifts were deeply appreciated by the students and staff.
The eight members of the Anajali Mission Trip in June and July 2014 spent two weeks working with the children of Anajali, teaching in the classrooms, doing art projects with the children, updating the records of all the children, visiting in the homes, traveling up-country to view a site to begin the high school, and serving in the churches. To see the news from each day of this trip, visit Anajali Ministries on Facebook.
The Anajali Mission Trip February 21 - March 5, 2014 successfully completed many tasks and participants returned to the United States with hearts full of the love of God bestowed upon us by the Anajali Community as we sought to minister to the students and teachers at Anajali.
The next mission trip will leave the United States the week of June 16 and return during the first few days of July. The cost of the trip is $800 plus air fare. Activites will include teaching in the classrooms, working with the children with art projects, reading to the pre-school children using the giant books donated by a school in Connecticut, visiting families in the slum, painting more school buildings, participating in church and open air meetings, and showing the love of Christ to those around us.
We have a number of people who have signed up for the mission trip in June 2013. Dates are June 25 through July 9. If you are interested in this trip, please apply on the web page as soon as possible as space is filling up quickly. Many people are knitting hats so that the children can each receive one when we go in June. Check the newsletter for directions for knitting hats. Felt hats, crocheted hats and purchased hats are also acceptable. The summer team will be working among the children at the Anajali School, ministering during church and Sunday school, visiting in the slum, and doing some construction projects.
We praise God for the provision of funds for the funeral service of Lucy, the assistant pastor's wife who bled to death last week after giving birth to twin sons. Ten family members and thirty of the church people will be traveling by bus to the Western Province to attend the burial and in support of their assistant pastor. Pray for Vitilas and the children, Bayhack and Barrack and the new twins. Pray that God will supply their needs and comfort them as they must go on without wife and mother.
Because of the generosity of many people, the entire 8th grade class of 2012 will have the opportunity to attend High School!
Children and adults from Shaurimoyo Adventist Church and School came visiting the children at Anajali. They brought gifts of clothing for the children, 1/2 bag of beans, 1 bag dried corn, 2 bags of rice (50 k altogether,) milk, cabbage, tea, 40 liters of cooking oil, soap for washing, sanitary products, and toilet tissue. A meal was prepared and everyone enjoyed the time together. THANK YOU, Shaurimoyo Adventist Church and School. Your gifts are deeply appreciated. May God bless you.
|Volunteer team returns from Kenya|
The February 2012 Mission Team has returned from working at the Anajali School. Many activities took place during their time there, including:
- helping to build two new classrooms
- instructing teachers on methods to help struggling students
- teaching some women from the slum how to knit so they can begin a cottage industry
- educating students about the role of mechanical engineers and of environmental consciousness
- introducing the students to the violin and to the commonwealth of Virginia
- running a de-worming clinic
- taking photos of all of the 8th graders
- erecting an Anajali sign on the new High School land.
Many friendships were renewed, and new ones created. Praise God that everyone remained safe during the trip.
If you would like to read a blog about the trip, please click here
|Happy New year 2012!!|
From Wellingtone; "We registered the most impressive KCPE exam results. (KCPE is an abbreviation for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, a certificate awarded to students after completing the approved eight-year course in primary education in Kenya.) Thanks to our God and partners."
Congratulations and Thank you!
Because of the many generous supporters of the Anajali School, ALL of the 2011 Class Eighth students now have sponsors to allow them to go to High School. The generosity that has been shown to these students is incredible. Thank you!
|New Sponsorship Drive|
We are working to get 200 new primary student sponsorships, thereby ensuring the support needed to run the Anajali School. Please visit our HOME page for more information.
We are hopeful that even more people will be moved to support the education of these children.
|Wellingtone Returns to Kenya|
Wellingtone has made it safely back home to Nairobi after spending nearly two months in the US. While there, he traveled to numerous states and visited with many supporters of Anajali. Joyfully, Wellingtone returns home with sufficient funds to complete the purchase of the land for the High School. Thanks be to God.
If you wish to be considered for the next mission trip let us know by accessing our Contact Us page, or by filling out an application here.
Team returns from most recent trip
Anne, Carolyn,Debbie, Dee, Susan, & Wayne have recently returned from a successful trip to the Anajali school. While there, they photographed, measured the height and weight, checked the vision and hearing of the students. Carolyn evaluated some of the students and showed some teachers the materials that were brought to help struggling students. Pencil sharpeners were mounted in the classrooms, the students were instructed in Stop, Drop & Roll, and the teachers were introduced to the Heimlich maneuver. Some of the high school students up country were visited and a chicken coop was constructed so they could be raised for food, eggs, and selling. A celebration was held in honor of the school doing so well in the District exams. A visit to the homes of some students, participating in church services, shopping at the market, and visiting the Bomas of Kenya, as well as the land being purchased rounded out their week. If you would like to read and find out more about this trip please click on this link.
Increases in High School Costs anticipated
Several high schools are discussing the possibility of increasing the current cost of $750 to attend high school. If that happens, it well make it even more difficult for these talented students to get a higher education. We will update this website as we get more information.
The food used to feed the school at mid-day had, until this time, been donated to the school. That donation source is no longer available and the school must now purchase the food for the children, at a cost of about $125 per day. The school is struggling to feed the children, and if unable to do so, they will have to be sent home at lunch time, where they may or may not get anything to eat and may or may not return for afternoon classes. As I am sure you are aware, learning will be adversely affected if children are hungry. If you are able to donate something to help alleviate this situation, please click here.
The results of the district wide Grade 8 examination are in. Vanessa, from Anajali, scored #1 out of about 600 students in the district! Congratulations Vanessa! And Mary scored 4th in the entire district as well. Congratulations goes out to her also.
All of the 21 students in this year's Grade 8 scored in the top 49 positions in the entire district! What a testimony to the work of the Anajali School.
February 2011 Trip
Anne, Bradford, Carolle, Logan and Susan returned from the Anajali School after spending a week working with the teachers and students. They conducted a mini health clinic, evaluated children who seemed to have difficulty learning in the classroom, and conducted a workshop with the teachers on tools and equipment available to them for teaching students with special needs. A visit to the homes of the teachers, participating in church services, shopping at the market, doing science experiments with the children in the school, visiting the animal orphanage and the Bomas of Kenya rounded out their week. If you would like to read and find out more about this trip please click on this link.
Class 8 students graduating from Anajali Primary School in November are looking for sponsors to pay their high school fees so that they can continue their education in January 2012. $750 is needed for each student to attend a year of high school. Those interested in helping a young person realize his/her dreams may donate through our Anajali School web page or send their tax-deductible contributions to Anajali Ministries, Inc. PO Box 46, Scotland, CT 06264.
A Future Anajali High School
Funds are being raised to purchase land located about 45 minutes from Kibera for the purpose of constructing an Anajali High School. Funds are needed to construct the school, which will allow all students graduating from Anajali to access high school education. Tax-deductible donations for this project may be made through this web site or contributions may be sent to Anajali Ministries, Inc., PO Box 46, Scotland, CT 06264.
January 2011 Trip Report
Anne, Grace, and Peter completed a trip to Kenya In January. The purpose of the trip was to do administrative work, receive reports from sponsored high school students for their US sponsors, and to encourage teachers and students at Anajali Primary School. An evening event was held with a meal and a challenge to the teachers and their families that we are expecting a great year in 2011 as we continue to Praise God. Sixty-four people were served rice, ugali, chicken, beef soup, beef, and mangoes and bananas for desert. Morning Bible devotions were instituted at the school as well as teachers accepting new roles. A new Deputy Head Teacher and Senior Teacher were chosen. The Baby Class teacher did not report so Anne with the help of Teacher Velencia and the Clerk undertook the Baby Class until a teacher was found. The class now has 18 students ages 2 and 1/2 and three. Peter and Grace from Metro Ministries here in the US were able to do a school wide presentation which the students and teachers enjoyed and was called Simba Express. This presented the gospel and taught the Bible lesson that we need to use the talents that God has given us. We hope to continue this outreach to the children at the school and to the slum in general. Peter also conducted an Open Air Revival in the field outside the school on Sunday afternoon with the help of the teachers and staff of Anajali. The children of Anajali presented special music. A beautiful set of drums were provided to the school by a couple in the US who wished to honor their retiring organist. We were presented a program by the students in the Anajali Primary School Choir which was heart warming and inspiring. The drums made this presentation even more special.