PowerPoint with Dialogue
The purpose of this document is to provide dialogue to go along with the images shown in our Living Water for Kenya, Inc. PowerPoint document
BELOW IS A LINK TO A PDF Version of that PowerPoint
Eleanor and David Hansen have been traveling to Kenya since 2005. The trips that are covered by this PowerPoint were their 14th and 15th trips to Kenya (February and September ‘18) it also includes some additions that have occurred subsequently.
LIVING WATER FOR KENYA, Inc. (LWFK) is a Christian charity whose purpose is to help people in Kenya. Prior to LWFK’s incorporation, the purpose of our organization (then known as “Water For Kenya And Associated Ministries” was two-fold, to provide water in the name of Jesus Christ and to serve people in the name of Jesus.
Prior to 2018 our organization was not a 501(c)3. Donations supporting its work were handled through a California Church and through The Water Project which is a 501(c)3. Between August of 2005 and August of 2015, our team of Kenyan workers was able to install or restore several hundred water wells in Western Kenya, start several preschools, and construct the grade school that you will see in this presentation.
THE FOLLOWING DIALOGUE IS INTENDED TO HELP ONE APPRECIATE AND UNDERSTAND THE PRESENTATION WHOSE LINK IS IMMEDIATELY BELOW
Slide 1 This slide shows the logo for our ministry.
Slide 2 This picture is taken at the Blessed to Bless Preschool. The building shown was the first preschool building that we had constructed in Kenya. What you see here are two classrooms whose floors are concrete, and walls are mud. For each such classroom, today’s cost is approximately $650. At this location are three preschool classrooms. Approximately 86 children attend this preschool.
In total, we have seven preschools that serve over 400 children
Slide 3 Here Kaylee (our visitor from the US) is teaching a Bible story to the children of the Blessed to Bless Preschool. The lady in white is her translator. These children begin preschool speaking only their tribal language (Luhya). At preschool they learn both Swahili (the national language of Kenya) and English (the business language of Kenya).
Slide 4 This little church in the outskirts of Kakamega is where the Mama Eleana Preschool meets. The shed to the rear is one of their classrooms.
Slide 5 This Mama Eleana classroom needs a cement floor. When it rains, it is very muddy.
Slide 6 The children at Mama Eleana Preschool.
Slide 7 In the PowerPoint version of the presentation, this slide is a video which was taken at the God’s Children Preschool. The parents are very pleased with what is being done for their children and welcome us in this manner
Slide 8 Children at God’s Children Preschool. Note the teaching materials posted on the walls of the room.
Slide 9 Not all the preschools are accessible by vehicle. The last portion of the way to the Mary Christie Preschool must be traversed by foot. This preschool is located on the Blessed to Bless farm, where they raise crops to feed the children. The crops are also sold in order to raise funds to pay the teachers. On that farm there are three- ponds where tilapia fish are raised for the market.
Slide 10 This photo shows the 2 classrooms and the caretaker’s house for the Mary Christie Preschool, and the farm. Just out of this photo is the kitchen, where the children’s meals are cooked, and the pit toilet structure. Approximately 58 children attend this preschool.
Slide 11 Here we are about to enter one of the Mary Christie Preschool classrooms.
Slide 12 Here, again, Kaylee is teaching a Bible study to the children of Mary Christie Preschool. Notice, again, the homemade charts that the teachers are using. Teaching supplies are quite rare.
Slide 13 Shibuli Satellite Preschool has 54 children. At this point I should note that these preschools are provided at no cost. The teachers serve with minimal pay, parents bring in food items from time to time in order to help cover the teachers’ living needs. None of the schools (other than Blessed to Bless Academy and Blessed to Bless preschool) have running water available to them. Each of the preschools has a pit toilet. Each of the preschools has chalkboards. At some schools, the children have individual chairs to sit on. In other schools, they sit on benches. When sitting on these benches, they have to sit very close to each other, but they never push, shove, or fight. They are seriously at school to learn.
In Kenya it costs money to attend the public school (nothing in the public system is free). It is not uncommon for us to find a 10-year-old child that has never been to school wanting to learn so badly that he or she comes to one of our preschools, where they are at least taught the letters of the alphabet and some initial reading skills.
Slide 14 Happy faces at Shibuli Satellite Preschool. These children at Shibuli Satellite preschool have moved their benches outside for the event of our visit. This is how close they sit in class. They each have a space to write on, but paper is limited as well.
Slide 15 This part of Kenya has only two paved, two-lane highways that intersect in the city of Kakamega, approximately 10 km away. All other roads are dirt. One of these two paved roads passes within 200 feet of this preschool. In this area the highway is curved, and visibility is limited. Until recently the only supply of water for the area is on the other side of the paved highway. Within the last two years, one child was hit by a car while fetching water. Fortunately, he survived. A few months later, the mother of one of the preschoolers was hit and killed by a car while she was fetching water.
Recently, we were able to fund a new well and everybody is happy to have a good supply of water that is safely assessable.
Slide 16 These are the children of Mercy Preschool. Approximately 92 children attend at this preschool. Until we recently purchased it, we rented this concrete building for $30 a month. Of all the preschools, this is the furthest away. It is relatively close, however, to the new church that we recently built.
Slide 17 Like slide 7, this slide consists of a video that starts automatically. The children in the video are singing in English.
Slide 18 Another slide showing the children at Mercy Preschool.
Slides 19 21 Near the Mercy preschool is a sewing center where women come to learn how to sew clothing on treadle sewing machines.
Slides 22-25 Are taken at the sewing center that is located on the compound of Blessed to Bless Academy. At this sewing center, the women come to learn how to sew clothing by sewing uniforms for our school children. While doing this, they get some pay.
It is our eventual hope that those who come to learn at these sewing centers might be able to earn sewing machines for their efforts. A Chinese made treadle sewing machine can be purchased for about $200. Singer treadle sewing machines cost $300.
Slides 26-28 The first photo was taken on the pathway between the Mary Christie preschool and the fishponds, which are located on our farm. We have 3 fishponds. Slide 26 shows the steep pathway to the ponds, slide 27 shows the middle fishpond, and slide 28 shows the uppermost fishpond. The concrete structure in the middle of slide 28 is a spring where the locals come for water. The spring’s flow is used to keep the waters fresh in the 3 fishponds.
Slide 29 This slide shows the sign for the grade 1-8 Blessed to Bless Academy.
Slide 30 Shows the now completed layout of the Blessed to Bless Academy.
Slide 31 Shows the first two buildings (housing grades 1-5) and the toilet building.
Slide 32 Shows the newly renovated toilet buildings for the academy.
Slide 33 Shows the Kitchen, the Water Tower, and the Newest Building that houses grades 6, 7, & 8 and the Computer Lab.
Slides 34-35 Show the Academy children and adults welcoming us to the campus. Of the 200+ children that attend Blessed to Bless Academy, 60 of them that are from extremely low-income families, are sponsored by American Associates through our ministry.
Slide 36 Shows the first Academy class to graduate from the 8th grade (a very significant event in Kenya).
Slide 37 Shows the Academy’s School Bus.
Slides 38-40 Show the all-day event to celebrate the dedication of the new classroom building and the water system.
Slide 41 Shows the crowd waiting for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new classroom building.
Slides 43-44 Show the new building classrooms. Note the special lighting and the ceiling fans.
Slide 45 Shows the children watching a Christian Video for the first time.
Slide 46 Shows the computer Lab.
Slide 47 Shows the kitchen and the feeding of the 300+ people that came to the dedication event.
Slide 48 Shows people using the hand-washing stations for the first time.
Slide 49 Shows children enjoing some of the new playground equipment that was recently installed at the academy.
Slides 50-51 Are videos of the playground equipment being enjoyed.
Slide 52 Happy Kids.
Slides 53-59 Show our Widows’ Program, where we provide seed and fertilizer to widows who return 10 % to feed the school children.
Slide 57 A video of the widows singing and dancing.
Slide 60 Sandi Case, a trained counselor, personally interviewed our sponsored children so that we would have information to share with their sponsors.
Slide 61 Shows the new church the day before its dedication in February ‘18. One of the highlights of this trip was the dedication of the church building where the seminar was being held. At this point, the building only has a cement floor and a metal roof supported by a wooden superstructure. In advance of the dedication event, I went to the site to deliver chairs. Upon my arrival I was pleased to see children dancing on the cement slab. The 2nd of these 2 pictures showed how the site looked the next day when we dedicated the church building. Although there were no walls or doors, the local parishioners had covered the outside of the structure with a series of rented decorative wall panels.
Slides 62-66 Show the new church being used for church service.
Slide 67 Great kids.
Slide 68 Great People.
Slide 69 The opening day of an Adult Seminar. Each trip, we make Eleanor has been teaching Christian Seminars. These seminars are attended by anywhere from 150 to 300 people. Often 30 or 40 local pastors are among those that attend. It provides them with encouragement, skills, and some formal opportunities for training that many of them have never received. On this trip, rather than just having one speaker, Eleanor opted to share the teaching responsibilities with several of the local pastors.
Slide 70 Pastor Solomon is well loved.
Slides 71-72 The Adult Seminars.
Slide 73 A baptism
Slide 74 A great little video
Slide 75 The Church gets walls windows and doors, it can now be used for Adult Literacy and Bible classes as well.
Slides 76-78 Eager students attending the Bible and Literacy classes at the new church. People in this area have little to no education and crave a chance to learn.
Slide 79 Our logo
Slide 80 Current needs
The purpose of this document is to provide dialogue to go along with the images shown in our Living Water for Kenya, Inc. PowerPoint document entitled “2019 PPT – Update 3-10-19”. The purpose of the PowerPoint is to share with those interested in our ministry the work that we’re doing in Western Kenya.
My wife and I (Eleanor and David Hansen) have been traveling to Kenya since 2005. The trips that are covered by this PowerPoint were our 14th and 15th trips to Kenya (February and September ‘18) plus changes that have occurred subsequently.
Our organization LIVING WATER FOR KENYA, Inc. is a Christian charity whose purpose is to help people in Kenya. Prior to its incorporation, the purpose of our organization (then known as “Water For Kenya And Associated Ministries” was two-fold, to provide water in the name of Jesus Christ and to provide Christian teaching.
For the first 10 years of its existence our organization was not formally registered as a 501(c)3. Donations supporting its work were handled through Faith Community Church in Palmdale California and through The Water Project which is a 501(c)3 on the East Coast of the US. Between August of 2005 and August of 2015, we were able to install or restore approximately 400 water wells in Western Kenya, start several preschools and construct the grade school that you will see in this presentation.
THE FOLLOWING DIALOGUE IS INTENDED TO HELP ONE WHO IS UNABLE TO ATTEND ONE OF OUR PRESENTATIONS APPRECIATE AND UNDERSTAND THE POWERPOINT FILE. (If you do not have PowerPoint on your computer of laptop, free viewers can be downloaded from the internet.)