Calvin is an orphan, learning to sew so he can take care of himself and his siblings. Geraldine is unable to have children yet longs for a family. Gad lives in a tiny village in a hut made of mud and sticks where his children wear torn clothing and no shoes.
They live in extreme poverty with limited support from the government. Many people Buckner serves in Kenya had to drop out of school at an early age to help support their families and now that they're adults, they're unable to support themselves. With a lack of quality education and access to medical care, they're at risk of health issues, including HIV/AIDS, birth defects, malaria and typhoid.
Kenyan culture is vibrant and alive. The people are hard-working and earnestly want better lives for themselves and their families. They just need a little help learning how to do it.
When you go to Kenya with Buckner, you'll be able to hear their stories and minister to them first-hand. People like Calvin, Geraldine and Gad will leave an indelible mark on your soul. You will pray with them and for them. It's a ministry unlike any other.
In Kenya, we provide:
Buckner provides foster care services in Nairobi, Busia and Kitale. In most cases, foster care is really kinship care – where extended families take care of children whose parents have died or abandoned them. These family members receive financial support, food, school allowance, health care and family coaching from Buckner Kenya staff.
For the first time in the history of the country, Buckner is helping educate and facilitate adoptions of Kenyan children to Kenyan families. Buckner Kenya staff has taken the lead in the national adoption initiative, educating and helping organizations, lawmakers and top government officials. Because of their hard work, Kenyan children are finding forever family in stable, loving Christian homes instead of orphanages.
Family Hope Centers
Buckner Family Hope Centers are child-centered, family-focused places where families go to find hope, support and empowerment in their community to reach their fullest God-given potential. The key to the Family Hope Center’s success is found in combining effective programs and passionate people to help families that are experiencing poverty, family issues and lack of services.
Our programs seek to engage through family assistance and community events; equip families through education, financial empowerment, child and youth development and spiritual development; elevate families through family coaching, counseling and spiritual enrichment. Family Hope Centers in Kenya also have schools, medical clinics and water wells to meet very basic needs of families who live nearby.
Do you want to make an eternal impact in the lives of people like Calvin, Geraldine and Gad? If you're ready to change the world one life at a time, visit our trip calendar to see when you can go.
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