A CRY FROM THE HEART
I am going to keep this brief – but it is urgent.
We all have endured so many heartaches during this last year. I certainly am hesitant to add to anyone’s burden but I have received news from Kenya tonight that has certainly added to the burden upon my heart. I rarely speak of my work among the Deaf in Kenya through this medium, but tonight I have been confronted with an urgent need that requires immediate attention on my part.
A quick background for those who may not be so familiar with me and my work in Kenya. Somewhere around 2005 during my journeys in East Africa I encountered what is not known as the Immanuel Christian School for the Deaf. The little handful of children and staff at the school were literally wallowing in deep poverty, barely surviving the grinding conditions in which they existed. I was moved by God to intervene in their situation and as a result established the Kenya Development Fund, aimed at increasing the opportunity for a safe environment in which to live and learn and greater opportunities for a quality education. Since that time, working in concert with Deaf Ministries International, we have been able to purchase land, construct facilities, and add business opportunities which have greatly brightened the future for many, many Deaf children. The Immanuel Christian School for the Deaf is now one of the premiere special needs schools in all of Kenya. We praise God for the opportunities we have had to be a part of that development.
Of course, when the specter of COVID 19 arose, it swept around the world. The pandemic has been especially devastating to the nation of Kenya and in particular those in Kenya with special needs. This past year, we have raised thousands of dollars to buy food simply so Deaf families could eat. Our school staff has visited Deaf families door to door, providing desperately needed food stores for the families of our Deaf students.
As Kenya begins to move toward opening schools once again, the government has made some appropriate, but difficult, demands on residential schools in the country. One such demand is the provision for “isolation rooms,” to be used for COVID or suspected COVID quarantine. Immanuel Christian School has no current provision for providing such measures. Since my focus for the past fifteen years or so has been in the procuring of property and development of facilities, the school has made an appeal to the Kenya Development Fund for assistance.
All of our funds have been exhausted over the course of the past few months in purchasing food and underwriting staff salaries. I have just over ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS in the bank. The isolation facilities that are needed are going to cost around SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS.
If these facilities are not completed, the school will not be permitted to re-open in just a few weeks when students start returning to school. I am reaching out to friends, family, and donors that have helped me in the past. The need is urgent – these children don’t have remote learning, they don’t have access to ZOOM classes – they need to be in school
Schools are scheduled to reopen around January 6. We need to at least get these rooms under construction if the school is to be allowed to open. Anything, I mean anything, you can do will be greatly appreciated. It doesn’t matter how large or small – $5.00, $50.00, $100 will be a blessing to these wonderful children. There are several ways you can give.
But if you are going to give. . . I need you to do it now!
As I look at the millions and millions of dollars that are being thrown at the election of just two senators in Georgia, I am even more grieved at the continue suffering of the Deaf in Kenya. Surely, we can find $6,000 dollars to construct two isolation facilities and allow the Immanuel School to open in January. Please, consider giving your gift OF ANY SIZE to help us with this urgent project.
You can go to our website at www.kenyadevfund.org where you will find a donation button whereby you can give through either credit card or PayPal.
You can give directly through PayPal. From your account, send funds to KDF@mkgantt.com.
You can write a check and mail it to
Kenya Development Fund, 30 Canal Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301
I list these additional options for anyone’s convenience. If you use CashApp or Venmo, please note that the gift is for the Kenya Development Fund.
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