PottersHeart in the Rift Valley Villages, Kenya
All of the money raised through PottersHeart, predominantly through crafting, is used to support villages in Kenya's Rift Valley.
We are currently working into ten villages, all lying within a twenty mile
radius of Nakuru. Nakuru is the fourth largest town in Kenya and the capital
of the Rift Valley province.
The population is estimated at 600,000....around 190,000 of these people
live in slums where conditions are nothing like the UK.
Less than 10% have access to sufficient sanitation facilities...
On average around 37 people share one pit latrine (a hole in the ground)... in the worst cases its 200 per latrine!
So....diseases spread quickly....and staying healthy is a daily battle
But this is the town........ imagine what it's like off the end of the tarmac road.... in one of the hundreds of surrounding villages....
Villages with poor health facilities, few resources, a lack of education, no running water, drought....... and no jobs......
And this is where we work......
These people could be forgiven for having sunk into hopelessness and
despair. In 2015 when we first arrived this was exactly what we found.
And yet with a little teaching, a lot of love and encouragement, the transformation possible is truly amazing...... it is beautiful to see.
PottersHeart take small teams into the villages to teach and train, twice a year. Between visits the villagers are supported by our partners in Kenya, Paul Titus and Jonah Tito....without them our work would not be possible.
Teaching is always led by need, whether real or perceived.
So far we have been able to help in healthcare, hygiene, nutrition, practical skills, parenting, marriage, business, Christian studies and so much more.
We never teach led by western perception and assumption.
We never presume we have the solutions.
Instead we teach in the gaps.....to help dispel the myths, to bring revelation about how they can help themselves....
We treat them as friends, precious people with huge untapped potential.....not our latest pet project......
When we go into a new village our committment is to stick with them until they are teaching others! It doesn't matter how many trips it takes.
And that's where our planned Training Centre comes in....
People struggle to get to the training from their villages. Partly because of the terrain....either in drought or flood! Partly because of the lack of transport and the sheer distance on foot......
A community/training centre positioned, located centrally, and accessible place to many of the villages. A building that would have rooms to hire out to the communities, thereby becoming self sustaining once built.
It would be amazing for people to be able to come to a clean, bright, safe place for training. A place where we could build a few rooms for students to stay, and an upper floor to house (and reduce trip costs) for teams from the UK.
Brothers Paul Titus and Jonah Tito, without whom our work would be impossible.
They were born and brought up in one of the villages described here, Miti Mingi.
Their father was a village Pastor and he brought them up to love God and people, and they do! They work tirelessly to raise these communities out of poverty, their work is sacrificial...... we respect and love them.