Our Mission: For children around the world: to educate where there are no schools, to care where there is great need, and to connect where there is isolation.
Through partnerships with local leaders and citizens, Everyone's Child builds self-sustaining schools in developing nations that support community development, access to quality education and a better life. We believe if you give a child a meal you feed him for a day, but if you teach the child to garden, you feed him for life.
Everyone’s Child began as a project to support school-aged children in Kenya, Africa. The program supports the efforts of “Kids in Kenya,” which began in 1997, when a Kenyan named Reverend Patrick Chege invited a missionary team from the Community of the Crucified One, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to visit his homeland.
With the help of Reverend Chege, the church facilitated the construction of three schools Kenya. In 1999 a school opened in Lanet Umoja. In 2001 the Kiti school was built, and in 2003 a school was constructed in Kampi ya Moto.
Due mostly to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, many students in our schools are orphaned, and the numbers are growing. While Kenya’s early reaction to the AIDS epidemic was to establish many programs mitigating the disease, there has been a lack of programs addressing the needs of HIV/AIDS orphans.
In an effort to ease their suffering, the staff at Lanet Umoja devised a program called “Everyone’s Child.” At the end of each school term, notices are sent home asking parents to bring in items for the orphans and the families caring for them. Villagers have responded generously, bringing in sacks of maize, beans, clothing, money, and other essentials. The children who now benefit from this program no longer face the world alone, but feel cared for by teachers, families and friends in their community.
Everyone's Child rests upon the principle of provision, holding fast to the ideal that providing children with an education equips them to become the decision makers of tomorrow. Supplying students with a daily meal has become an important part of this program also, as children need nourishment in order to learn.
During the past ten years, people across the United States have contributed to the ongoing efforts to sustain the orphans and underprivileged children in all three schools. Our goal is to continue fundraising efforts to build schools and support the Orphan Feeding program, providing education, food and support for these children. Additionally we hope to begin a sponsorship program where people can support orphaned children by helping to finance their education and medical care.
In 2009 a team of medical doctors and nurses from the USA conducted our first medical clinic in Kenya, where over 1000 patients were seen and treated. The American doctors and nurses worked alongside members from Kenya's Ministry of Health to identify and treat patients with HIV/AIDS as well as tropical diseases. Click here to read an article in the Times Argus about the clinics in Kenya.
Currently, fundraising efforts are underway to dig a well in the arid region of Kampi ya moto where the Orphan Feeding Program was established. People living in that area retrieve their drinking water from a river frequented by people and animals alike.
We are in a position to impact the future of an entire country.
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