Students Give Back Starting With Their Own Community First
Each and every week the students of Marah Christian Primary school organize teams and go serve the community.
The students determine who to target for outreach depending on the immediate needs of the community. Sometimes that means even targeting their own classmates. The outreach team decided to visit the home of their fellow classmates, Olama Paul from P3 class and Okema Gilbert from P5.
This is because the two boys took almost two weeks off from school at the beginning of the term because they were taking care of their little sister who was ill. Their mother was also just recently hospitalized due a mental illness she suffers from. Their mother, Ketty, is doing much better now and is already back home, but the need for intervention with prayer and concern were still needed.
The student outreach team broke into groups and got to work. The girls filled buckets with soap and clean water and began scrubbing each and every dish to make sure the family had clean eating utensils. Others got out tools and started doing compound maintenance around the family’s home.
The boys assessed that the family’s home had no clean water for drinking or cooking, so they paired up and went to go fetch several jerry cans of clean water. Clean water is essential for ongoing health and survival, and in the slum area of Njeru clean water is a recurring challenge for everyone. But the kids were able to work together help make that available for the family.
The students then gathered around the family and spent time talking with each other. They finished their afternoon together collected in prayer. P6 student Immatulate led the group in their final prayer for good health and God’s loving grace.
Ketty and her sons expressed their thankfulness for the time they had together with the team.
It’s these moments that truly bring hope and let the community that they are not alone and they are cared for.
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