January 21, 2013
KAA Graduation from Empowering Lives on Vimeo. Empowering Lives integrates several strategic ministries so that a life can be empowered in a holistic way. Alcohol addiction is a significant problem in Kenya and for over ten years ELI has been reaching out to people and providing steps along with a community of care so that [...]Read More >
January 14, 2013
Nicholas was welcomed into the Ilula Children’s Home in September 2004 when he was 6 years old. He came with his older brother Emmanuel who is now a second year at Concord High School in Kenya. Nicholas is now 15 years old. He was recently among the 15 boys who underwent a cultural rite (Moran [...]Read More >
December 8, 2012
We love celebrating our children and the day they were born! For children who may have felt forgotten or abandoned in the past, we desire for them to know the truth that they are loved and not forgotten. We celebrated birthdays in October and November and it was a fun time with all the children [...]Read More >
It’s back to school for our children in Kipkaren and Ilula. It was great to have all the children home for the school holiday. In addition to playing and catching up with each other, the older children (8th grade and high school) went through additional school tutoring as well as participated in a vacation bible school that a short term team from Water of Life Church in Southern California hosted. (more…)
How sweet it is to receive a letter from a friend! All 200+ of our children have received letters from their sponsors and friends and they are so excited to write back. Thank you to everyone who wrote to the children for Write to Your Child Month!
The month of April brings all the children home from boarding school and reunites the Children’s Home. Across the nation, Kenya school systems have breaks during the months of April, August and December. This month, the children are enjoying being all together again. They are spending their time playing, tending to the gardens and baking bread. Please pray for them and our house parents and staff as they spend the month together before all the children return to school in May.
A little time away can refresh and strengthen a person. This is what our house parents and Kipkaren Children’s Home staff experienced when they took a day trip to the Uganda border where they were able to spend time together as a team, enjoy a new environment, browse the local shops and take time to pray. The ladies enjoyed their time as they found nice clothes, handbags and shoes at affordable prices. (more…)
Sunset on the shores of Lake Victoria, Tanzania. (Photo by Micah Albert)
At the end of 2012 we said farewell to Katie Cook as she transitioned out of ELI to focus on community development in her neighborhood. We were very sad to see her go. She has been a huge part of ELI serving as the Short Term Team Ministry Coordinator and then the Community Engagement Coordinator. Katie was first introduced to ELI 4 years ago when she invited ELI to be a beneficiary of her non-profit business, Africa Hope, which sold t-shirts to benefit charities working in Africa. We were so drawn in by her compassionate heart, creativity and energy that we needed to have her as our new Short Term Team Ministry Coordinator. She did a great job preparing teams and interns serving in ELI, Kenya. Her care for people has been evident to so many as she spent her time to listen to people’s concerns, answer questions, train and pray for each person. There are many who can say she was more than a coordinator, but, she was a friend and mentor.
By Amy Rogers and Cathy Lessig
We are thrilled this year that Concord Boys High School in Eldoret, Kenya, has invited over twenty boys from ELI’s Children’s’ Homes in Ilula (15+) and Kipkaren (5) to attend their school. We are excited our boys have a great support system for each other! (more…)
By Cathy Lessig
Today one of the boys from the Kipkaren Childrens’ Home had an incredible day!
He traveled to Nairobi for an overnight trip.
He was awarded a secondary school scholarship which includes tuition for the next four years, books, school uniforms, a stipend plus leadership development, career guidance, and mentoring.
He shook the hand of his president, Kenya’s Mwai Kibaki during a commissioning ceremony held at State House!
Who is this boy? (more…)
What is your favorite greeting? Here’s a chance to say hello to your sponsored child! We invite you to participate in our annual Write to Your Child Month, where we hope to send all 200+ children a message from their sponsors. Be sure to send in your letter by March 18th!