By Scott Collins
A delegation of volunteers led by President Albert Reyes joined staff and dignitaries from across Kenya to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Buckner International’s work in the East Africa nation.
The week-long celebration in July culminated with a speech by Pauline Kalonzo, wife of Kenya Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, during a four-hour event at the Baptist Children’s Center in Nairobi. During her address, Kalonzo assured Reyes that the Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation “will partner with Buckner in establishing more projects to improve the welfare of poor children.”
She also thanked Reyes and Buckner for investing resources and trust in Kenya over the past 10 years to improve the lives of children.
“It really moved me when I saw those orphans perform and I thought to myself, ‘There should be many more organizations like Buckner,’” she said. “Thank you for exercising what the Bible
tells us –‘Love your neighbor.’”
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Reyes thanked Kalonzo for her support of Buckner Kenya and recognized the work of the Kenya Baptist Convention and the Arms of Jesus ministry from Canada for beginning the work. He also congratulated Dickson Masindano, director of Buckner Kenya, for his 10 years of leadership and for guiding the NGO’s (non-governmental organization) growth. Masindano has led Buckner Kenya to expand beyond Nairobi to multiple locations across the country.
As part of the weeklong celebration, the team of Americans visited each of the ministry sites in Kenya where Buckner currently works. Those sites include such programs as residential care, foster and kinship care, schools, early children development centers, medical clinics, water wells, and spiritual development programs runs in conjunction with all of the ministries at each locations.
Reyes told those attending the celebration at BCC that the work in Kenya is “a model of the kind of redemptive work Buckner seeks to do in every place where we work to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families.”
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