Some of you may recall that some weeks ago the BBC showed a two part documentary for Comic Relief about the Kibera Slum just outside Nairobi, Kenya. I was moved and challenged greatly by some of the realities in the lives of the people of Kibera which were exposed through this program. I felt compelled to write a post entitled “A desperate plea from the depths of my soul” which you can find in the archives of this blog for the month of March. By the grace and providence of God a complete stranger left me a comment on this blog with details of a charity called Zelyn Academy which has set up a school to keep young children off the streets in the slum.
I have managed to find a video with images of the school and a message from the two men who set up this academy back in 2006.
I have also copied and pasted the info on their Facebook page so that you can know in detail the amazing vision that the founders of this lovely organisation were given by God.
Situated at the very center of the expansive Kibera slums in Kenya Africa. The school cares and supports orphans, destitute, needy and vulnerable children by providing them with Education, feeding and clothing
Kibera Slum school, Kenya – Zelyn Academy Children’s education charity is the only school of its kind within the expansive slums of Kibera (with a population of approximately 1 million people). The school runs under BIRECE GROUP , a Community Based Organization formally registered by the Ministry of Gender , Sports , Culture and Social services in Kenya . BIRECE is an abbreviation for Brothers-In-Real-Care for the Entangled .
The registration Certificate’s number is 19964 .
The charity work was conceived and developed as a result of breathtaking experiences noticed in the community by the founders; children affected and infected by HIV/Aids and poverty seemed forgotten. Child labour, prostitution, drug addiction and street life had been the only option to these precious lives.
HOW IT STARTED & OUR GOAL
The charity would like to assist and enable more children within the slums of Kibera (about 300,000 children still do not have access to education, food and clothing).
OUR MISSION AND METHOD
You will never know what it means to a child to know that someone is caring and loves them enough to assist in their education and support!
Opportunities to sponsor and support a child’s education, the feeding or clothing program and school staff are open. The future of these children depends on us, and with the help of others, they will be able to dream a different future.
HOW YOU CAN DONATE
It is completely free to send money with pay pal and it is safe and effective.
WHAT WE USE YOUR DONATIONS FOR
Please, tell others about our cause and how it is NOW easy to donate .Thank you for the support!
AND FINALLY HERE IS THE LOVELY VIDEO
* THIS IS AN UPDATE WRITTEN A FEW DAYS AFTER ENTERING THIS POST:
YOU CAN NOW ALSO GO TO THEIR NEW WEBSITE AT: http://friendsofzelyn.webeden.co.uk/#
It is sickening to think how many millions of clicks of a mouse take place a minute from wealthy people, like myself, who do not give a second thought to purchasing the latest gizmo, gadget, toy, fashion accessory, or luxury item. And yet for every one of those clicks, we can make the decision to replace that indulgence with rescuing a life from misery, poverty, disease, humiliation, fear, dread, hunger, desperation, a death sentence, a hopeless future.
We may not have slums in our nearby areas, but we surely have people who are living in poverty and who rely on initiatives like this one to make it through the day. It is only by the grace of God that we find ourselves in such privileged circumstances. I don’t want the gap between the wealthy and the poor to widen in our own countries, so let’s be generous and compassionate to ensure that the standard of living is more balanced in our communities, and that one day we are not faced with a humanitarian crisis like the one so many countries are having to face right now.
My mind cannot comprehend why God would allow some countries to suffer so much whilst others indulge in such wealth and abundance, unless it was for the sole purpose of developing in us a more Christ-like character of compassion, generosity and selflessness. I cannot make any sense of so much blessing in some parts of the world, unless it is meant to in turn bless others. The purpose of one’s life has to transcend beyond our own comfort and pleasure, or else we leave this world just as it was when we entered it and what is the sense in that?
When you next click that mouse, please remember that in your hand lies the amazing power to give someone the very basic things we take for granted every single day. AND REMEMBER TO GIVE THANKS TO GOD FOR YOUR BLESSINGS EVERYDAY, because this will keep you humble, grounded and open to the needs of others; this will give your life a purpose that transcends beyond anything else you ever put your mind, heart and soul into; this will forge your character to withstand and overcome the cruel turns of life. It is that grateful attitude, that humble heart which makes those who have nothing content and peaceful in their hopelessness. It is our self-absorption, our pride, and our greed which rend us unable to be grateful for all we have, which make us permanently dissatisfied and always wanting more. The truth is one does not have to look too closely to realise who are truly the poor and who are the rich. What they have cannot be bought with money. It comes from putting your life in the hands of Jesus Christ and trusting by faith through the most appalling of circumstances that though Jesus may not give them what they want, He will always give them what they NEED.