KENYA/USA CHRISTIAN RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT, INC.

LOOKING BACK OVER THE YEARS

A Letter from KUSARD'S President:

Simon Kimatu Maweu
December 2007

Dear Friend,

On May 2007 KUSARD marked its 10th Anniversary with much Joy and Gratitude for having overcome many hurdles in the course of the ten years of existence and yet, having in some measure, succeeded in accomplishing many things that were once only a pipe dream when KUSARD was started.

It was, not only a day of Prayer and Thanksgiving but also high hopes and great expections.

Reminiscing on the past and how KUSARD had fared, I could not help but reflect on the things I had hoped to accomplish through KUSARD. I had jotted down some of my goals and aspirations in the following article which was published in our Diocesan weekly newspaper, and which could, on this day - 10 years later, serve as a yard stick of how my vision had turned out a decade later and what still lay in the womb of time.


THE FOUNDER'S VISION 10 YEARS AGO

It is said that, if one cannot be grateful for the little things he or she cannot be for the greater ones. To this end, I must express my heartfelt gratitude to those who have helped us to do the things we have managed to do; as can be viewed against the back drop of the above article - I am especially referring to those things that I had envisioned and hoped KUSARD could accomplish in the years following its inception.

KUSARD's leadership team and the community came together on the Sunday of May 06th and participated in a thanksgiving prayer service and partook of what the community had prepared as part of the celebration marking the 10th annniversary of KUSARD's continued growth. We spoke to the youth about being committed on things that would help them in the future and particulary in prparing to take over and carry forward the torch from the current generation of KUSARD to the next. We planted trees as a commemoration of the day and to remind all of us of the need to help preserve the environment for posterity.

We prayed and hoped for continued growth and expansion of the initiatives we had started and hoped to have many many more years of sustained growth of our services to those in need and to improving the conditions of those suffering and deprived in rural parts of Kenya. We hoped in the coming years, those long term goals we had set for ourselves would be realized or at least achieved to a degree. I was particularly thinking of the Kituiuni Water Project whose Phases 2 & 3 were yet to come to fruition. The Kituiuni Health Center which, although it's structure had now been completed after much struggle, was still under-utilized and nowhere near meeting the needs it was intented for, in the service of the community. We hoped the government would come to our aid and help staff the center. (But meanwhile, it sat there in the middle of the community as a sort of white elephant, so to speak!). However, one had to appreciate that, it's completion, though only minimally providing basic services, was in and of itself a great land mark. To use an old adage, "Rome was not build in a day", but this cliche could not ameriorate the frustration of not seeing the center functioning fully and providing badly needed health services in these backwater areas of Kenya.

Futhermore, many children who had been screened and determined to be vulnerable and at risk and in desperate need of assistance, remained unaided although we had given them hope that something might be done but unfortunately those promises had so far not been met, which again was another source of much heartache for us at our inability to assist those cases in dire need of help for lack of resources.

The crowning jewel of all our projects was the "The food program" which was going from strength to strength; a thing for which we are eternally indebted to our sponsors, the Community of St. Therese in Succasunna, New Jersey, U.S.A. Whereas we had only about 50-100 kids at the inception of the program, today we were proud to be able to provide about 1,500 kids in 15 schools with healthy hot meals each day of school throughout the year. The community of St. Therese in Succasunna had gone the extra mile to embellish this program which had become a lifeline for the kids of St. Cecilia in Kituiuni and the neighbouring areas within a radious of about 20 miles. Year in and year out, this community of St.Therese never tired of fundraising to keep the program running and we could not think of the right words to thank them enough for this.

In conclusion, I opined there was every reason to believe that, in God's good time, all our goals would one day be realized but meanwhile we needed to stay focussed on our work as we strove towards our goals and never rest on our laurels for much work remained undone. We would continue networking and looking for new partners with whom together, we might in the end reach our goals for the benefit of those whose lives continued to be a daily struggle to survive.

PEACE!

Simon K. Maweu
President
KUSARD,INC.

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