We've got a team going out to Kibera, Kenya, at the end of September, and we'd love it if you could be praying for them as they prepare and while they're out there.
Kibera is thought to be the largest slum in Africa, with up to 1.5 million people living in poverty in an area with very limited infrastructure and very little access to healthcare and education services. With an unemployment rate of about 50%, even those who are employed mostly work in unskilled, poorly paid jobs.
New Community Kibera is a non-profit organisation set up by New Community Church, which aims to serve the needs of the local people living in Kibera, nurturing independence, not dependence, and with an emphasis on practical development in the region.
Approximately twice a year, New Community Church takes a team of volunteers to Kibera to support practical health, educational and micro-finance projects taking place in the area. We have a small team of five (three from New Community Church and two others) going at the end of September, and this visit will focus on four key areas:
- Healthcare: Building on previous drug-awareness training, and exploring rehabilitation. The team will be training local volunteers, who in turn can then train others in Kibera.
- Micro-enterprises: Developing and monitoring the micro-enterprise project, launching small, fledgling enterprises which enable individuals to provide for themselves and their families.
- The Football Academy: Spending time with the football academy, which trains coaches who run local youth football teams, offering young people an attractive alternative to gang activity.
- The School: Spending time with the school held at the International Christian Assemblies (ICA) community centre - a school offering free, quality education for primary-aged children.
Please pray for the team as they are preparing for this trip and while they are away.