St. Tabitha House Kisumu

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Raised by 56 people in 28 months
The Saint Tabitha House in the Kibera Slum of Nairobi is 
moving to the Diocese of Kisumu to be under the direct 
spiritual guidance and directorship of His Grace Bishop Athanasius Akunda Bishop of Kisumu and Western Kenya. Father Agapios will be running the orphanage. We are moving the orphanage due to recent violence in the area and the death of 2 children due to lack of medical care. We are in need of $6,000.00 to move the children and staff as well as Father Agapios, Presbytera Dora and their children, and pay rent for the new facilities. I would be so grateful for any help that you could give to help us. 

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Hello my friends. I am past due on an update. We have had much success over the past few months. We have been able to purchase a pregnant cow that has since given birth to another cow, so the children now have access to milk. We were also able to buy chickens. Now there is a solid source of daily eggs. Father Agapios is hopeful to be able to buy more chickens to be able to sell eggs for an income source for the Orphanage. His Grace Bishop Athanasius Akunda is hopeful to raise money to purchase the plot next to the Orphanage to establish the Saint Tabitha Parish.
We currently have some, but not all of the children in school because of lack of funding for school fees. The Staff have not been paid in 2 months as well. We are grateful for the donations as we have been able to feed the 29 children and staff. We are prayerfully asking for donations to help run the orphanage, feed the animals, pay the staff and get the rest of the children in school. They are thriving living away from the Kibera Slum. Father returns to Kibera Slum frequently to see if he can find abandoned or neglected children. We need $600.00 per month to thrive and grow . Thank you all for all you have done so far and please continue the journey with us.
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We have been able to move the orphanage out of Nairobi Kibera Slum. The children are now in the country of Kisumu. They are under the Bishopric of His Grace Athanasius Akunda, and under the care of Father Agapios and Presbytera Dora. They have 200 chickens and a cow that the children call Catherine who will soon have a baby. We are trying to raise funds for the new term of school that starts tomorrow. For this we need $700.00. We are so thankful for all donations.
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There Are So Many More
PUBLISHED ON March 7, 2016 Leave a comment
Father Agapios is currently limited to the 18 orphans that we have homed in the St. Tabitha House. The only reason is space. There are so many more.

Let me be very clear, most all of the priests that I have been in contact with over these months care for orphans. This in spite of the fact that none of the priests have been paid in over a year. They are doing everything in their power to pull through, they have Presbyteras and their own children as well. Many of their own children are not in school because there are no funds available to send them. In prosperous countries, the amount needed for school fees per academic year is a pittance. It ranges between $100.00-$450.00 US. But in Kenya, it is huge barrier. It is a very sad thing to hear of priests crying. I have heard of a priest overcome with sadness because he had to pull his daughter out of college in her final year because of the lack of $450.00 for her fee. I strongly believe that the pathway out of poverty is education. It speaks to the depth and passion of their faith that these dear priests are still serving, caring for their families and many, many orphans, in spite of not being paid for more than a year.

We started very small because this is my first time doing something of this nature. But when I see the work ahead and the resources needed, my resolve is strengthened. As we approach Great and Holy Lent, please consider Kenya. It is a place where Orthodoxy is growing. The Saint Tabitha Foundation is in daily contact with His Grace Athanasius and His Grace Neofetos. We can assure that all money is directly sent to the Bishops. St Tabitha Foundation is humbled and steadfast in its mission to do everything possible to sustain the growth of the 2 new Kenyan Orthodox Dioceses, Kisumu and Western Kenya and Nyeri and Mt. Kenya.
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Today I will tell you about our youngest orphan. Her name is Lucky.
In the Kibera slum often women become pregnant against their will. These unwanted babies are discarded at birth into the mounds of garbage. There they die from exposure or are eaten by the dogs running wild in the slum. One day a woman heard a newborn baby crying from within the garbage. She found the baby and took her to Father Agapios. She was absorbed into his group of orphans.She was named Lucky. That was 3 years ago. She is one of the 18 children that we are working so hard for. Father Agapios(Habbil Lipesa Omukuba) has dedicated his ministry to the Kibera slum. He has a vision to provide a safe, secure, nurturing place for these children. Currently we have moved them into an apartment some distance from the slum. There are 2 women caring for the children. It is Father's hope to eventually buy a plot of land and build an appropriate facility with chickens both as a source of revenue and food. Please join us on this journey to change the lives of the orphans from the Kibera Slum, one child at a time. Lucky is the little girl in the purple dress. Thank you all.
garbage in the Kibera slum
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Raised by 56 people in 28 months
Created February 19, 2016
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