KENYA/USA CHRISTIAN RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT, INC.

KUSARD MARKS IT'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY

MAY 2007 - SIMON ATTENDS KUSARD's 10th ANNIVERSARY:

April 2007:

Last May Simon K Maweu traveled to Kenya to join his fellow volunteers celebrate 10 years of continued work in improving conditions in areas located in Makueni District, Kenya. The event which took place sometime in May was attended by the officials of KUSARD and the community of Kituiuni and neighbouring area. The event was mostly a thanksgiving day for the teamwork which has enabled the accomplishment of many of our objectives. To highlight some of them:

  1. The Food & Nutrition Program which had started with only about 100 kids had now grown to about 1,500 kids benefiting from a hot fortified meal every school day, through out the year.
  2. A Polytechnic College had also been built and completed and was operating helping kids leaving school to acquire skills they could utilize in self-employment.
  3. To date, many kids had benefited from KUSARD's Educational Assistance Program and some were already working and earning their living thanks to these KUSARD's initiatives.
  4. A Computer College to provide needy kids with the necessary 21st century skills to enable them compete in an ever dwindling job market in Kenya, was also in place and almost ready to open after a pause, as we constructed a new block in which to re-install the computers.
  5. A Health Center was operating at a minimal level but we were still hopeful of government intervention to provide full health services there.
  6. An old school block in Thomeandu Primary School, whose roof was falling had been fully rehabilitated through KUSARD's efforts.
  7. Phase One of the Kituiuni Water Project called, "The Linda Daghlian Water Project" had been completed at a cost of about $12,500 and plans to complete Phase II of the Project were underway with high hopes for it to be completed in 2008. On completion of Phase Two, the water would become available to the community for use to irrigate their farms and water their animals as well as use it in their homes. Eventually about 1,000 families would be expected to benefit from this Project when all the Three Phases were completed.
  8. Strides were being made in the War against AIDS. Through CIPACAM & KYAP which are the arms of KUSARD in this war, many people and mostly the youth and those most at risk in the region of Kilungu and Kyale and the environs in the District of Makueni were already aware of this dreaded disease. Still we had not rested on our laurels and the war continues in earnest through various fronts, using different techniques which were deemed effective in passing on the message to those most at risk. No efforts have been spared in educating the community and have even partnered with others in re-inforcing the message. e.g.the WAIT TEAM

    On this occasion, we were celebrating these and many other accomplishments and we had a thanksgiving service which was contacted by our country director Fr. Daniel Kitila to thank the Almighty for enabling us to do all these things for His glory and for the glory of His creation. It was a thanksgiving service for all our sponsors and well wishers for our cause.

    Later on after speeches and after planting trees in the compound of St. Cecilia Kituiuni Primary School, to commemorate the event, we all had a 5-Star-Style Luncheon in the school. It was a truly remarkable event and the youth of the area were initiated into KUSARD as the next generation on to which the torch would be passed to take up KUSARD's cause in the future.

CELEBRATIONS TO MARK 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
THANKSGIVING MASS AT ST.CECILIATHE LITURGICAL LITTLE ANGELSSOME OF KUSARD'S ACCOMPLISHMENTSTEACHING MARKATABLE SKILLS
NEEDY KIDSHANDICAPPED KIDSFIGHTING MALNUTRITIONFIGHTING THE AIDS PANDEMIC
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