A seven-member team from Antioch International Church led by Dr. Matt Woodhouse traveled to Kenya Jan. 8 for a two-week mission trip.
The primary focus of the trip is working with hundreds of orphans in small villages throughout the Northern Rift Valley area of Kenya, Woodhouse said. Many of these young children have lost their parents to AIDS or to the political fighting that swept Kenya in 2008. According to Woodhouse, they are often left to fend for themselves, having no families and no support.
"We already have three orphanages in this region that have a total of 600 kids living there," he said. "On this trip, our team is scheduled to build security fencing and gates around the newest orphanage as well as rebuild parts of an orphanage that were damaged during recent election riots."
The volunteers will also help residents improve their quality of life by providing some essential needs.
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"The team will also travel to some more remote areas where we will look to have a new water well drilled," Woodhouse said. "This will mean that families no longer have to walk for miles each day to get muddy water to drink. The water well will provide fresh, clean, safe water for an entire village, as well as for an orphanage that we will visit that has over 300 children living there."
Church members will also look for land to build another orphanage to house up to 250 children. Woodhouse said the church needs to raise $30,000 for the project.
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