On November 19, 2011, 30,000 of Kenya's poorest citizens were left homeless when government police and bulldozers destroyed their homes, their church, their school & an orphanage.
You can be a part of the recovery.
Since 2006, GOYA Ministries has been providing life-saving basics in Mitumba like clean water, nutritious food, healthcare, education and the gospel of Jesus Christ to children like Kamau. Kamau is HIV positive and his father is so physically abusive that he had to be removed from his parent's home. When he first came to our center in Mitumba he was beaten so severely that he couldn't speak. After months of counseling, and encouragement, he eventually began to share his story. He came to know Jesus, and eventually became a leader in the scouts and the youth choir. Children and families in the community have clearly seen the life-changing power of Christ at work through GOYA Ministries. Since 2006, our school has ballooned from 30 children to over 450, and the church has grown from zero to over 150. Kamau is just one of countless examples of individuals GOYA has served in the Mitumba community over the past 5 years.
At a time when things couldn't seem to get much better tragedy struck. Church attendance was at an all time high, school attendance was at an all time high, 36,000lbs of food was being shipped to fight a famine, and the community was growing and thriving like never before. Mitumba is one of numerous informal settlements (also known as slums) in Nairobi and although it is one of the smaller slums, approximately 30,000 people call Mitumba their home. But on Saturday, November 19 at approximately 7am, all of that changed. The Kenyan government sent 6 bulldozers and back-hoe's into the community and in just a few hours completely leveled everything including the GOYA church, school and orphanage. 30,000 people lost their homes and nearly all of their belongings.
Nearly half of Nairobi's population is believed to be living in slums like Mitumba. In the past two years two disasters have occurred in Nairobian slums and the government is trying to eliminate informal settlements that could result in future disasters. Mitumba is situated near Wilson Airport and the government feared that a plane crash could create a major disaster.
However others (including our Executive Director) believe the demolition was to make way for a fast growing, nearby condo development. Corruption runs rampant in Kenyan politics.
Devastated, the church members and children from the school began working with GOYA's Kenyan staff to immediately begin serving their neighbors throughout the community. Armed with little more than the Hope of Christ, they began serving food, provided clothing, they cried with one another, and prayed with those that wanted it. Many of these brave young children, having just lost their own homes and belongings, did the only thing that made sense; they began to selflessly serve others.
Life in Mitumba will never be the same, and neither will the families whose lives were so deeply impacted by GOYA and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Hope of Christ is something no government can take away and it is our mission to continue spreading that life changing hope throughout Kenya! The residents of Mitumba, the members of our church and children in our school are still without homes, but will be forcefully scattered throughout 3 other informal settlements. Prayerfully, we believe this is God's way of calling us to a radical new beginning. But starting over will not be easy and we will need your help now, more than ever, in order to continue impacting lives of children just like Kamau.
We care for 32 orphans from our orphanage in Mitumba. Currently, they are living with Pastor Shadrack and his wife in their incredibly small home with 4 other people. We must provide a better living arrangement for the children and we must provide for their basic daily needs like food, clothing, hygiene, and school materials. All was lost in the destruction.
We are working to provide for the most basic needs of thousands of children and families that still remain on the land where Mitumba once stood. Without sanitation, clean water, food or shelter, disease will run rampant and their health will deteriorate quickly. We need help providing for their most basic needs.
We need to rent a building to continue our school. Since the demolition of Mitumba wiped out our school building, we need to rent a new building soon in order to keep our accreditation and to continue to provide vital education to 450 children that desperately want to learn.
The model GOYA has developed for ministry through our primary school has worked phenomenally. However, it's hard for anyone to get a job with only an 8th grade education. We knew that before long we would need to buy land and build a high school and job-training center. We also wanted this facility to include a church, medical clinic, and missionary housing. So, prior to the surprise demolition of Mitumba, GOYA began raising funds for a secondary complex. This complex would give us a ‘home base' to train up and send out Kenyan nationals as missionaries. It would also create a place of refuge, outside of the slums with emergency classrooms and housing should another disaster like the Mitumba demolition occur.
Write a letter
We've found that people care most when you take the time to personally share the need with them. We've prepared a sample support letter that you can download and edit on your own. We encourage you to print it and mail to 30 or more of your closest friends, family and colleagues to share the need. Many of our team members have raised between $2,500 and $5,000 each by simply writing 30 or more support letters. This is one of the most personal and impactful ways to raise support for GOYA. Click here to download a sample support letter and feel free to edit this one or write your own.
If you would like us to send you some pre-addressed remittance envelopes, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how many you think you will need and where to send them. Don't wait. This takes time and we need your help now!
One of the easiest and most immediately effective ways you can help is by making a tax-deductible donation. You can do this either online or by mailing a check to: GOYA Ministries, 3003 Wembley Way, Bloomington IL 61704