Two Projects: Nairobi and Mashuru
New Life Mission services to specific locations in Kenya- Nairobi and Mashuru. In both locations, poverty, lack of education and concerns of health and sanitation are of constant concern. With a variety of services in each location, New Life strives to diminish the prevalence of these developmental challenges.
The Samaritan Children’s Home is located 20km outside of Nairobi in Ongata Rongai. The home was started in order to provide children who were products of abandonment, prison bound parents, or orphaned individuals a place to grow in a healthy environment. The Samaritan Home currently has 40 children under care and supervision.
Social Welfare Program
This social welfare program is designed to help families living in the community who have high priority needs. Basic provisions such as food, casual jobs, rent, and medical attention and counseling are provided to individuals without discrimination. Currently, 30 children are being fed, educated and medically provided for during the day and sent home for the evening.
“We take all people from every religion, every tribe and every part of Kenya and outside Kenya.” Deputy Assistant Andrew
The slum community near New Life houses many single parents, especially mothers, who often have immediate family concerns and a lack of resources to accommodate them. Through the social welfare program, these children and parents have the opportunity to go to a clinic and receive medical attention. The clinic also provides a nutrition program, immunization program and future hopes for an HIV/AIDS counseling group.
The feeding program in Mashuru ensures lunch for over 400 students in the tribal communities daily. As part of a sustainable education and health initiative, New Life provides eight elementary schools with daily lunch to attract children and simultaneously provide an educational foundation. The difficult climate and terrain of Mashuru makes agriculture difficult and education a low priority. With the help of New Life, underpriviledged children in this rural area are having access to nutrition and opportunity.
The Maria Boys Home serves a number of young men as they grow within the mission. As boys from the New Life Mission home in Rongai become adolescent, the opportunity to grow and learn key skills and values are fostered in the small fraternity of young men in Mashuru. With a range of different backgrounds, the boys have the opportunity to re-access their lives, to cultivate friendships, and be strengthened in their talents and skills as they prepare for life after New Life Mission.
The Girl’s Tailoring school is an educational project that promotes sustainability in providing skills to women who have no formal
education. In two years of tailoring school, young women are taught trade and life skills. After they graduate from the program, the women are partly sponsored by New Life so they can attain self owned sewing machines and material.
The Shallow Well Project and the Drip Irrigation Projects are two examples of the ways in which New Life seeks to empower the communities reached through means of practical education and application. Educating the Masai communities about water systems, clean water initiatives and agricultural practices promote ongoing sustainability.
These gardens are tended by the surrounding communities, and as of 2010, New Life had implemented 17 gardens throughout the tribal region of Mashuru in attempts to confront the devastating effects of drought on the communities at large.
The Shallow Well Projects target a very important aspect of today’s changing climate in Mashuru. With the current drought
conditions affecting much of Sub-Saharan Africa, water and food are a main source of basic aid targeted by New Life. With the goal of sustainable development, shallow wells have been implemented in order to be accessible to the larger communities. For some, the daily task of walking 30KM for water has been drastically reduced, saving time and energy while promoting better health. Not only have these shallow wells increased access to water, but they have also had a strategic impact in advancing education in the Masai communities.