Moscow, May 30, 2017
The St. Barnabas Orphanage and School in South Kinangop, Kenya, one of the missions of Orthodox Africa, currently has the unique opportunity to expand their property and double the number of children they are able to serve.
St. Barnabas’ was founded in 2007 by Fr. Methodios JM Kariuki and his wife Papadhia Everlyn Mwangi, and has helped over 400 children. Today, the mission includes thirteen volunteers providing care for 175 children, 34 of which to date have been baptized into the Orthodox Church. Currently twelve boys live on-site in a one-room shack, with the remainder of the children arriving daily for school.
A local couple has been ordered by their doctor to move to a new location for the good of the wife’s health, and, knowing that Fr. Methodios has been praying for land to accommodate more children, they have decided to offer their property and house, valued at $108,000, for a mere $25,000—just enough to allow them to transfer the property to St. Barnabas’ and move. The new house can easily provide twenty-four children a bed to sleep in, food to eat, and a place to play and learn.
By expanding the facilities outside of the slums they are currently located in, St. Barnabas’ hopes to become a self-sustaining mission, providing children with a good general education, as well as in-demand trade skills. The school hopes to be able to place older children in jobs in a region where unemployment is high. The orphanage and school’s stability and comfort make them a great contrast to poor homes addled with the instability of addictions resulting from hopelessness.
To help realize their dream of housing twenty-four children in the near future, and ultimately fifty or more, St. Barnabas’ Orphanage and School has launched A Campaign for a Permanent Lunch Location to help raise the necessary funds. Archbishop Makarios of Kenya has blessed the campaign, and spoke about the God-pleasing work of St. Barnabas’ on a recent trip to the orphanage on May 26:
As of May 29, $4,100 had been raised in just six days, but they are still far from their goal of $25,000. Read more about the Campaign for a Permanent Lunch Location here, and donations can be made here.