2019-2021 Mission Grant 1
Water and the Word for Rural Schools in Kenya
Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kenya
In 2008, a man from Nebraska traveling in East Africa saw the need for clean water and sought a way to help. Through contact with a social worker and educator in Nakuru, Kenya, he devised a system of installing water harvesting equipment (rain gutters and tanks), filters, hand washing stations and clean water storage to be installed in schools in Kenya. In 2016, members of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod from Nebraska took over the management of the project. They visit Kenya every year, traveling to schools assessing their water needs. Teams from the United States install rain gutters and tanks for storage. Hand washing stations and clean water “buckets’ are placed in every classroom. They teach personal hygiene, handwashing and the importance of drinking only clean water. WASH clubs, made up of students and staff, are formed to be responsible for the clean water program. The grant will help the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya (ELCK) to extend their ministry of Word and Sacrament by expanding the clean water project for their schools and orphanages.
WHEREAS, the children in Kenya struggle to have water in their schools and often walk miles each day to gather water; and
WHEREAS, the pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya (ELCK) would like to provide sound biblical teachings in their sponsored schools; and
WHEREAS, the ELCK is in fellowship with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod; and
WHEREAS, the LWML has been blessed richly by our Lord, and has a duty to spread his love and gospel; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the delegates gathered at the 2019 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Convention in Mobile, Alabama, vote the sum of $80,000 to help fund Water and the Word for Rural Schools in Kenya.