At least once per year a team of volunteers pay all of their own expenses to travel to Kenya as part of our mission program. Typically the teams consists of nurses, doctors, a dentist, teachers, social workers, farmers, pharmacists, business people, students, and ordinary lay folks who have a desire to make a difference by serving the poor in Kenya.
Mission team volunteers work in partnership with our staff in both project sites (Mikinduri and Magetta Island). We also have many volunteers from the local Kenyan communities. On our mission trips we visit schools and orphanages. We meet with government departments, business and community leaders, self help groups and politicians. Building strong relationships with our Kenyan partners is essential for long term sustainability. Team members engage work on our projects, including building pipelines, kitchen gardens, latrines. They also provide training on nutrition, sanitation and women’s rights.
Team members relish the experience of actually living in the small villages, engaging with the locals, and getting to meet so many beautiful children.
Anyone wishing to take part in a mission trip is welcome. Please contact us.
Here is a success story of young Joyce
Here is an exerpt from a participant of the 2011 trip:
“While working in the vision clinic, a volunteer had translator Christine assigned to him. Christine works with the Good Shepherd Sisters. The busy pace of the clinic did not permit for many visits, however, during their time together, they bonded. He taught Christine many of his clinic tasks and empowered her to work semi-independently. When they parted, he reminded her to keep her faith and to not give up hope for an education. After returning to Canada, he inquired more about Christine and her desire to continue her education as a mature student. She is 30 years old. To make a long story short, Sister Nancy and Christine drafted up an educational/financial plan for the volunteer to help her get an education. She has begun the social work and community development diploma program, part-time in the evenings, at NTTI in Meru. She wishes to pursue her degree (maybe Masters) at university in Meru thereafter. The volunteer is encouraging her to take a computer course to help her both now and in the future. She is realizing she cannot live/work without computer skills. Christine shared with us, that she started a Novena on Feb. 2/11 for 3 months. Every morning upon awakening and every night before falling asleep, she recited this prayer, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ Within the first 2 weeks of her Novena, the volunteer entered her life. She considers it a miracle and her prayer is answered. Divine intervention allowed their paths to cross. Still, not a day goes by that MCOH or Chalice is active in his life.”