Tag Archives: Kenya

Betty the Survivor

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Judy Walter St Patrick’s Dispensary, where I work as a nurse in Mombasa, Kenya, offers an outreach clinic at Kiberani every other Friday. This location is to better serve a population located about four miles away from our regular clinic, and is held at the St Francis’ school where Maryknoll Lay Missioner Teresa Villaruz teaches...
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Income Generating Projects in Kenya are Ever-Evolving

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner John O’Donoghue The Kapenguria Women’s Co-operative Group, one of the income-generating projects I help counsel, is now four years old. Presently, they are 17 members in their group; they would like the group not to exceed a membership of 20. Recent conversations with this group caused me to recognize that there is no such thing...
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Seizures: Curse or Disease?

By Maryknoll Lay Missioner Judy Walter Hamida is a 10 year old girl living in the slum of Bangladesh on the outskirts of Mombasa, Kenya.  Because of a seizure disorder, her mother never sent her to school, wanting to protect her from the shame and embarrassment of having a seizure in front of classmates. In Kenya and many other countries...
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One-on-One Attention for Youth Makes a Difference

Written by Curt Klueg My wife (Anita) and I co-coordinate the HOPE project which helps meet the educational needs of youth affected by AIDS. Most of our students have lost one or both of their parents to the disease. One of our activities is facilitating a twice-monthly session at the program’s learning center. There, we assist with basic tutoring, book...
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A Light Shed into Poverty: Kenya Ministry

Curt Klug together with his wife Anita, co-direct project H.O.P.E for the Diocese of Mombasa in Kenya as Maryknoll Lay Missioners. This ministry seeks to assure that no child orphaned by AIDS on the West and  North Coasts of Mombasa is deprived of basic education needs, as well as to enhance support for orphans and their guardian/family through a holistic...
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The Will to Live: Healthcare in Kenya

Written by Judy Walter. Stephen Lukes was born September 1st, 2014 at home with a traditional birth attendant. He was born into poverty in Kiberani, the poorest section of Bangladesh slum just outside of Mombasa, Kenya. The residents of Kiberani eke out a living by rummaging through the garbage of Mombasa, at the dump site just across the road from...
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A Community Takes Action

By Judy Walter: About 7 km outside Mombasa City, the informal settlement called Bangladesh is home to about 55,000 residents. This is a community that has been neglected by the government, having no public services provided to them. No water, no sewage or garbage disposal, no roads and no health services, to mention just a few. In 2007, the Irish...
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St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center

St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Center by Russ Brine Maryknoll Lay Missioner Russ Brine recounts the story of a young girl in the slums in Northern Kenya. “I have served as the Project Manager of the St. John Bosco Rehabilitation Centre in Kenya since 2005.  This is a project of the local church and my colleagues are Kenyan teachers and social...
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A day in the life of a Lay Missioner

As a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Kenya, one of the biggest frustrations as a lay woman is the constant harassment of men as I walk to and from work or use public transportation. To live out our Christian values takes a lot of creativity and patience sometimes. Now in my second contract, I would prefer not to allow the anger and frustration...
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For When I am Weak, Then I am Strong

“For when I am weak, then I am strong. “ – 2 Cor 12:10 When we first moved to Kenya in 2003 I remember a Maryknoll priest once telling me that our failures and inadequacies are perhaps the greatest gift we have to offer. He spoke about how meaningful it can be to others, who are often grappling with poverty,...
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