Wando Students Serve Vulnerable Women in the Community
Wando International’s community outreach team seeks to share the love of God to the most vulnerable, widows and orphans. We do this by simply making Him known through our actions. We also believe that by teaching our youth these principles we can raise new generations of men and women who seek to serve others and help their communities near and abroad. This is why on a regular basis we take small groups of students from Marah Christian Primary school and go out into the community with the purpose of serving the needs of others.
Our most recent outreach was into the slum community of Njeru where we had the pleasure of visiting Mrs. Manjeri Odur.
Manjeri is an elderly women known for having a great big smile and for always waving hello to those passing by. She can usually be seen tending to her home just outside the gates of our school or rolling paper beads for her jewelry business. She works all day and makes very little money, and has little to no other help. She is considered to be vulnerable because of the temporary housing she is living in as well as not being able to afford the costs of basic necessities like clean water, medical care, and even daily meals.
On our visit with her we discovered that Manjeri was actually quite ill. She had been sick for almost a week complaining of severe headache, chest pain, and back pain. She immediately requested for the team to pray for her, asking that they pray for her to gain back her health and strength as well as her financial security.
The team of students layed their hands across the old woman in healing prayer.
Next they collectively helped in cleaning Manjeri’s home making sure every plate, cup, and utensil was free from any germs that could keep her sick. Students swept, scrubbed, and organize as part of their service to her. These kids are learning how to work together as well as love others through their actions.
After the team of students were finished praying with Manjeri and cleaning her home, our case workers continued the follow up by taking Manjeri to a doctor. She was diagnosed with Osteoporosis which was causing her back pain, and the head and chest pain were believed to be mild symptoms of malaria. She was put on medication to treat these and although she is still very weak, she is already showing improvement. The malaria should clear up in about a week or so and the osteoporosis will need ongoing treatment.
We ask that you keep Mrs. Manjeri in your thoughts and prayers as we continue to check back and see her through her recovery. She is a beloved member of this community and is to many of the students and neighboring children like a grandmother.
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