Mobilising & Equipping Change makers –leading to transformation of our communities
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,” This is an African saying. What it would it look like to go together? Together Everyone Achieves More.
Change makers: Tumaini Kwa Watoto (TKW) believes that the most important contribution we can make to the world is to multiply changemakers. We inspire communities: church leaders, teachers, parents and children to become change makers. Equipping parents’ community program (EPCP) enables us to increase these efforts by making sure a community group has been equipped to provide support systems for the family of a child rescued from the streets and reintegrated back into his family.
One child introduced TKW team to his family and community. We rescued and reintegrated Wilfred back home in September 2014. This opened the door for equipping parents and pastors in this community. What if each of us took initiative to improve our community? What if everyone stepped up, addressed social challenges and led a positive change instead of blaming others?
Ruth, Wilfred Njenga’s mum says, “I am very grateful to Tumaini Kwa Watoto for bringing my lost son back home. They restored my hope in God – My son had run away after being punished for stealing money from our house. How would we know that he would disappear for weeks because he was angry? I thank God that he is now back home and in school.”
Edwin of TKW led a team to a church in Limuru, Kiambu- County where 26 participants from different evangelical and mainstream churches were eager to learn how to effectively handle matters of children, especially those running to the streets. The Bible says in Ezekiel 22:30, “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” We are standing in the gap and building broken walls of families and communities.
We aim to inspire and empower as we raise awareness on the plight of children, especially those on the streets through equipping parents and pastors’ community program (EPCP). TKW team had noticed over several years of reintegrating children from this county back into their families, an increase in the number of children going to the streets.
In addition, other issues had been cited like incidences of child neglect due to family disconnect, parental irresponsibility and poor academic performance as portrayed on the national platform.
Listen to the participants’ comments after the training:
Mr. Kuria an Elder of one of the churches concluded,
“Through this experience, I am glad that we have been reminded we have power to take initiative and lead our community from the front as a church, shaping a generation of change makers. Thank you for placing these tools in our hands through this training.”
Children as change makers: “Many people here today will be amazed when I say I owe my salvation to my own children. God used them in extraordinary ways through their persistence that I accompany them to church where they went to Sunday school, but I was a ‘busy’ father. I kept promising and postponing because I felt I was not ready. God was preparing me for the task of shepherding his people. This training has been timely for me.” Said Pastor Moses, one of the participants.
Hope this inspires you and challenges you too to be the change you want to see in your community. Together building a better society for our children. Together becoming change makers to bring transformation in the society where children can thrive as they fulfil their dreams!
Passing the baton to the next generation. Together we’ll go far…
Congratulations & Celebrations! Join us as we celebrate our young people, Bernard & Victor’s success in KCSE 2014, secondary school final exams getting grades B and C respectively. We wish them well as they wait for an opportunity and resources to join university.