YEAR JOINED MKLM: 2003, 2012
Ministry: Pastoral and Education at St. Martin De Porres and H.O.P.E Project
Population Served: Sacramental education of adults and children at the parish and orphan children at the H.O.P.E project
Anita Klueg is originally from Texarkana, TX. She received her BS from Marian University in Indianapolis and an MA in Theological Studies from University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. Anita also served as a Salesian Lay Missioner in Montero, Bolivia working in a girls orphanage. Between her mission experiences, Anita has worked in both parish youth ministry and campus ministry for over 10 years.
Anita is wife to Curt Klueg and previously served as Maryknoll Lay Missioner from 2003-07 working with young adults in a vocational school called Marianist Development Program as a social worker and Self-Awareness teacher. During that time she facilitated student leadership development, created a school library and organized workshops and speakers for the school. Anita’s two children (Rehema and Bethany) were both born in Mombasa, Kenya while in mission and currently are attending school at the Aga Khan Academy.
St. Martin De Porres Parish Ministry:
1) Sunday School Teacher and Trainer for Volunteer teachers
2) Sacramental Preparation Resources for Reconciliation and Eucharist
H.O.P.E Project (Helping Orphans Pursue Education):
HOPE Project Goal(s): To assure that no child orphaned by AIDS in Mombasa West and North Coast is deprived of basic education needs; and to enhance support for orphans and their guardian/family through a holistic approach.
Anita directed the HOPE project; a project under the Community Based Health Care under the Archdiocese of Mombasa. Through the project, orphans were able to receive a basic education and skills to help them find employment, live with dignity, and contribute to the enhancement of their communities.
The HOPE Project operated in ten parishes and collaborated with the volunteer services of 400 health workers who belonged to the parish small-group faith communities. These community volunteers identified the orphans, brought them to the attention of the project, and monitored the orphans after their acceptance into the project. The program provided tutoring, a library, school fees, books, uniforms, and supplies as well as transportation, meals, and medical help, when needed.
The project provided education and also addressed the orphan’s needs in the areas of social and spiritual development. The project provided workshops and skills training during the school term breaks. Placements were arranged for the students in vocational training schools or secondary schools. The students were currently placed in catering, electrical/wiring, tailoring, hair styling, welding, and mechanic training programs. A few children in the program were placed in schools for children who were deaf or had mental or physical disabilities.
The project collaborated with the Archdiocese of Mombasa Community Based Health Care clinics to provide support to the families of the orphans. Many of the guardians were members of a support group for people living with HIV/AIDS.