We would like to shed light on the many needs of this village and solicit your support. The orphanage and the School for the Blind there is in need of medicine to treat the painful effects of Jiggers (a parasite that burrows inside the foot skin of children who do not have shoes), money for shoes, and beds which allow the children to sleep at elevated heights away from the dirt floors that contain the jiggers, books, uniforms, and other school supplies. Lovesavers, Intl made an initial donation in May of 2017 and we hope to do much more during our travels.
Kenya is one of the six HIV 'high burden' countries in Africa and ranks 12th in the world for HIV infected people. The western part of the country, where we will be traveling, contains towns that are most affected with HIV rates as high as 25%. Women face a considerably higher risk of infection than men. Issues such as female genital mutilation and poverty significantly increase a woman's chances of becoming infected. Entering unsafe relationships to escape poverty is a common practice for some. This and other human rights issues is a target issue that we will speak about while there. Our goal is to provide hope, inspriation, and an ear to those who feel unheard.
If you are led to be a part of something greater than you or help in a life-changing way, please feel free to make a tax-deductible donation as a symbol of faith and solidarity that God will open up doors both in Kenya and in the United States for you and us to do even greater works moving forward. Every donation matters. Receipts will be sent to you for your records. Feel free to specify how you'd like your donation to be used (e.g. travel expenses, supplies, shoes, beds, books, etc.)
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