On Sunday evening, June 22, some disgruntled students who had been suspended for starting a fight on the campus set fire to the Boy’s Dorm at the PCH campus in Kenya. The dorm was gutted before the fire could be put out, but it occurred when no students were in the building, so there were thankfully no injuries. There were early reports on Facebook that the whole school was on fire, but the fire was limited to the Boy’s Dorm. The students have been sent home for 2 weeks while temporary accommodations are prepared for the boys. The school is insured, so it is expected that the permanent repairs will ultimately be paid for, but it may take time to get this settled with the insurance company. If you would like to make a donation to assist with the short term accommodations, a special donation page under the Give tab on the Home page has been setup to provide for this. Please be in prayer for our leadership team in Kenya as they deal with this difficult situation and make decisions on how to improve security on the campus and accommodate the needs of the students. As more information is available, we will post it on the website, Facebook and Twitter. Thank you.
Pictures from the recently completed mission trip to the PCH campus are now available by clicking on the Recent Photos link on the home page. This was a momentous trip to the campus with several activities taking place over the two week duration. More posts will follow soon regarding those activities. In the meantime, check out the pictures at Recent Photos.
Recent rains and localized flooding have caused several areas of damage on the PCH campus in recent weeks. Particular damage occurred to several of the pit latreens that are connected with the Joram GM Academy, flooding the latreens that must be suctioned clean and opening holes that will need to be repaired.
The most significant damage was to the sump tank for the Clinic, which came out of the ground as the water flooded the area. The damage will require unplanned maintenance expenses for the repairs. If you wish to help to pay for the repairs, please click here.
Fund Raisers were held in California and Texas over the past 3 weeks to benefit PCH. Each was a big success, with over $20,000 in one-time gifts and another $1,000/mo of pledges being received.
The PCH support group from La Verne Heights Presbyterian Church organized a lively evening of food, entertainment and a silent auction of Kenyan goods on April 21 in Claremont, CA. Stephen and Hannah Githumbi traveled back from Kenya for the event and several PCH Board members were in attendance. This is one of the marquis events held each year for the benefit of PCH and this year there was particular emphasis on increasing the number of regular donors in order to meet the ongoing needs of the orphans at the Kenya campus. As a result, regular pledges were made that will cover the monthly cost of at least 7 of the orphans currently at the Home. Other money raised will allow for the furnishings for the new Rehoboth Home to be purchased so it can soon be occupied.
The following week, Harvest United Methodist Church in Missouri City, a new supporting church of PCH, included PCH in their event to support needy children around the world. Pastor Jeff McDowell, a former PCH Board member, was able to conduct a live Skype session with the Home Mother, Kagendo, and one of the orphans, Rahab, during the morning worship service. After the interview, the Skype session was left open so those in Kenya could experience the Harvest worship time. They not only watched, but also participated as their singing of one of the hymns could be heard over the sound system by the congregation. It was a wonderful display of how God has used PCH to take our common relationship with Him to build relationship with each other from opposite sides of the world. Harvest has made a donation through the UMC Advance program and several people expressed interest in submitting pledges for orphan support.
On May 5, Sugar Land First United Methodist Church in Sugar Land. TX held an afternoon Tea for over 200 participants. This is the second year to hold the event and was intentionally low key. However, the giving spirit of those present was anything but low key. Several ladies new to PCH came and were blessed by the pictures and stories of the orphan girls that were presented by those who had visited the Kenya campus. As a result, many of the new comers made donations and our now part of our growing number of supporters. Still others who gave in the past returned and were excited to hear about the progress that has been made in just the past year and generously gave to help open the new home and get started on the next. The money raised will be used to help with campus development and for some unexpected repairs, as well as for monthly orphan support for those who pledged that.
With the pledges made at these events and the existing regular donations, we are now able to meet the monthly needs of 17 of the girls currently at the Home without relying on capital money, which is needed for the building and maintenance programs. If you would like to make a monthly contribution toward the care of the girls or to meet the upcoming needs of the new orphans who will be coming to PCH shortly, please visit our Sponsor a Child link, which can be found by clicking on the Give button on the Home page.
Pictures from these events will be posted shortly, so keep checking back to capture some of the excitement from all three events!
We have added a link to our menu on the left side of our Home page called”Recent Photos” that will allow you to see pictures of ongoing activities at the Kenya campus of PCH, including pictures of the orphans and members of the campus management. Please check this link frequently for up to date pictures.