In 2005 in the village of Kadawa, death rates were alarming and statistics once revealed that it’s Market center was leading in HIV infections countrywide. Several elites and the common man were succumbing to the scourge. There were several funerals in a week and the community became very miserable – there was hopelessness. The following year during a four-day medical camp organized by International Medical Relief (IMR), statistics were revealed that about 80% of the hundreds of children they had attended to were HIV positive. Their conclusion was that unless something was done, the village would be no more in ten years time.
It all began with one small group A small cell group began in the village in 2006, and several people came and prayed every Thursday. Many miracles were experienced and lives transformed – the sick were healed, the drunkards and prostitutes gave their lives to Jesus, there was new hope in the lives of HIV positive widows who had given up and just waited for death. The number multiplied and the group requested if they could begin a church meeting every Sunday. That was the birth of Restoration Community Church (RCC). Membership increased tremendously and in 2007, the church moved from a home to a beautiful sanctuary that God had provided. What began in a home with seven people, has since grown to approximately 2,000 members across eight RCC churches. The impact
has been huge! We have seen hope restored to the HIV widows who
believed they would not last another day. Death rates have gone down
because the word of God has helped reduce the HIV stigma and many are
slowly accepting their status and are living positively on Anti
Retroviral Drugs. Some of those who were once drunkards and prostitutes
have since become leaders and even pastors.
By God’s grace, the same is being replicated in five other villages where we have planted churches – Magwar, Korwenje, Kolenyo, Ongalo and Nyakach. Our strategy is community transformation through the word of God. It is a holistic approach where the soul is saved and the physical being is ministered to. Jesus did not send away the Five thousand hungry people, he fed them. In Matthew 25:35-40, Jesus talks of the righteous who fed him when he was hungry, who clothed him when he was naked, who gave him something to drink when he was thirsty – this is our greatest motivation, that whatever we do to the least of our brothers and sisters we do to Jesus. That whatever our partners in the ministry do to the suffering in our communities, they do to Jesus.
Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC) Nevertheless, the orphans are still with us and are hungry for food, for clothing and for education. Some of these children go to government public school with a population of 70 per class. The teachers are overwhelmed and therefore not able to give quality education. Many of the kids reach 7th grade not even able to write their names properly. Because of poor education, many of them finish school as failures and are not able to change the situations in their families.
Widows are immuno-suppressed due to the HIV virus, and become sick and weary unable to labor in order to feed their children. A good number of these mothers succumb and leave behind teenagers to head families. Some children are taken over by relatives or well wishers who end up using them as house helps thus they completely miss out on school tuition. A number of teenage girls have been introduced to sex trade with married men in order to fend for their siblings. Many little boys (even under 10 years) are forced into hard labor – going to till somebody else’s land by 5:30 am before going to school so that they can get food for the evening. Unlike in the Western world where there are many options, in Kenya you don’t stand a chance for any job or career specialization unless you have a high school certificate. Children do Eight years of elementary level, 4 years of high school and 3 to 4 years of college. Many orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) who manage to get to the 8th year of their elementary education excel in their national exams but lack fees for High school so they end up in early marriages, prostitution or as house helps in the homes of the middle class families.
Victory Christian School (VCS) We plan by the grace of God to offer quality and holistic education. We believe that having a self-sustaining tuition center will be a solution to many of the problems discussed above that affect children. As a self-sustaining school, 50% of the children pay tuition/fees that would also cover the cost of the remaining 50% of children who are orphans. A boarding center will ensure that the teenage girls are protected from sexual abuse and curb early childhood pregnancies. It will also give the girl child an opportunity to have their intellects tested. The boy child will not have to till people’s farms in the early mornings and late evening after school to earn a dollar to feed his siblings. We believe that it will end the many social problems that have hindered them from exercising their potentials. We also trust that the center will produce men and women of integrity – Teachers, Lawyers, Accountants, Doctors, and great Entrepreneurs that will go along way in transforming the society.
Some of our other projects for sustainability include bringing in professionals to train people in Agriculture, poultry and livestock farming and training on how to do successful small business. We intend to make it a place that will produce top class students so we expect to attract people from well- to- do families from all over the country that will pay a fee for sustainability. We believe this will be a solution to the OVC as it will help support programs that benefit them. Our vision is for it to be a total-life-changing center. These programs for OVC include Vocational Training skills such as Tailoring & Dress Making, Information & Computer Technology. Spiritual and Career Counseling and Daily Feeding evening meal.
Our Vision God has given us a good size piece of land where we desire to see this happen. We have a small structure that is already up where Victory Christian School (VCS) will open its doors to needy children in January 2014. We’ll begin with Kindergarten (ages 4-6), and Classes 1, 2 and 3 (ages 7-9). These children are orphans and in public school they are neglected as no food is given to them. It is difficult to achieve under these conditions. We recognize that the foundation is critical for academic excellence and with care and quality education these children become well prepared and focused for their future. Our goal is to impact the Kadawa area with quality and holistic education and to teach the orphan that their life matters and God intends for them to live victorious with Christ. We want to produce young people who are self-sustaining and beneficial to society throughout western Kenya. It is our prayer that God will supply for the construction of the center. The architectural work is ready. You are welcome to partner with us as God directs you.
Victory Center is a holistic ministry motivated by our love for God and neighbors, mobilized to be engaged in multi-dimensional services to HIM by serving others inclusively – caring for the spiritual, psychological, social, physical well beings of others, with multi-facet (religious & charity, public & private) services and at multi-levels (personal and institutional, local and global), in the framework of reconciliation vertically with God, and horizontally with humanity.