New Year- New Opportunities

Hi friends!

Over the past few months and years, a lot has gone on in the world of FIKISHA. There’s been a lot of learning, and tons of growth. So for 2014 here are a few recaps to make sure that you are all caught up on what is going on.

In August, VBS happened again and everyone had a blast as they focused on their theme: God is Everything!

ImageLater in the late summer, we were fortunate enough to receive a donation of computers! With that came a whole new adventure of learning to program and computer skills in general.

ImageThen, in the fall we were given a grant that allowed Alyssa to begin the endeavor that has been Project Invite Hope! This project not only is teaching the kids a new trade, stationary making, but also will generate sustainable funds.

ImageAlong with those big milestones there were also tons of fun things going on! With a pizza party, examinations, and another Kawangware Christmas; FIKISHA continued to stay busy in 2013! If you want to help out in making 2014 just as amazing of a year, check out http://fikisha.org/ to get more information or a direct link to donate. Don’t forget to check out Facebook (FIKISHA Kenya, FIKISHA USA, Invite Hope), Twitter (@fikishakenya, @fikishausa) or Instagram (fikishausapics) to stay up to date one all the latest FIKISHA happenings!


Pizza Party in Kenya

Pizza Party in Kenya

FIKISHA and some friends from the US got to share a pizza party this past October!! We would like to thank our generous donors who helped to make this possible!


Project Invite Hope

Hello Friends!

If you haven’t heard, FIKISHA was recently awarded a Burst Grant from Wheat Ridge Ministries. This grant comes as such a blessing as it will be used to spark the Invite Hope Project, a program that is focused on starting a small business that will help out the street youth. The business will involve the youth making wedding invitations out of recycled materials. Not only will this program generate funds that will help support the street youth, but it will also teach them valuable job skills. Everyone at FIKISHA is thrilled about this grant, and its impact on the youth. With this, kids will learn a new trade and hopefully find a creative outlet that brings them joy.

Within the next month Alyssa Safty, FIKISHA USA’s Creative Director, will be traveling to Nairobi to continue to work on the Invite Hope Project. She along with everyone else at FIKISHA is so grateful for this grant. We really just want to give a huge thank-you to Wheat Ridge Ministries for blessing us with this grant! If you are interested in ordering invitations or you have any questions regarding the Invite Hope Project please contact Alyssa Safty at alyssa@fikisha.org. Invite hope


Prayers for Nairobi

Dear friends,

Today’s blog is written with a saddened heart. As many of you are aware, on September 21st 2013 the Westgate Mall in Nairobi was a source of attack for a terrorist group. If you would like more information about the specifics this link has a good timeline for what happened. http://abcnews.go.com/International/kenya-mall-shooting-timeline-events/story?id=20334295

However, today we should take a moment to remember those who lost their lives and pray for those devastated by this tragedy. We know that for those living in Nairobi, and over Kenya as a whole, must be terrified. Know that the city and country remain in the thoughts and prayers of many throughout the world, including those at FIKISHA. Whatever is needed: a hug, a conversation, a prayer, a friend; we will be there for you. Kenya is a strong country, and they will remain strong throughout this horrible time, but they still need to feel the support of others.

‘Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’ -Isaiah 41:10

For others around the world, remember what happened. Remember them in your prayers. In the meantime, love one another- hug your loved ones. Show God’s love to one another no matter what. It may be hard, and we know that there is frustration surrounding this event, but continue to choose love.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”- John 13:34

In the next few days, weeks, and months we encourage you to continue to show support for Kenya. Understand that this is a national tragedy, and that there will be anger and sadness. But, express your support and love. No kind deed will go unnoticed.

“For everything there is a  season and a time for every matter under heaven.”- Ecclesiastes 3:1


CUI’s Love Project

Hello friends,

A few weeks ago, Concordia University- Irvine sent a team over to Kenya to help FIKISHA with a Love project. One of the team members, Alex, wrote about an experience he had while over there.

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“Asante sana,” I tell Masai. He flashes me a smile and turns back to the opaque stream to fill up another bucket. Masai is a tall, lanky, 26 year old street boy. He knows enough English to answer a few basic questions and maybe have a quick conversation. But having little to no schooling affects his English as well as some social skills.

Masai has lived on the streets since he was ten years old. The slums of Nairobi are some of the largest and harshest of the world. Many of the young boys turn to sniffing glue so that they don’t have to be kept awake by their empty stomachs.

We walk the buckets back up to the work area. The construction crew is patiently waiting for the water to mix the cement. As we’re filling up the water barrel the cement mixers are pouring it on the mixture of rocks, sand, and cement. Masai leads the group back to the stream to refill our buckets.

Partnered with FIKISHA, our Love Project was to help fix up some classrooms and build a latrine for Siala-Kaila Primary school. The Love Projects are great because there is an emphasis on creating a relationship, not just physically doing the work. Masai and myself were helping in the classrooms lay down new cement. Masai was so eager to help and so willing to be there to bring more cement for us and mix the new cement.

We were blessed to be able to be a part of this project. We were blessed to physically be there with the workers and with the FIKISHA team. While we were waiting for our rides to come pick us up, Moses prayed for our group. Moses told us that earlier that morning during the FIKISHA group’s prayer, Masai mentioned he had been praying for change. He had been asking God to bring change to his life in some way. And I believe that that prayer was answered for Masai.Alex and MasaiThank you to Alex Bagnara for writing the piece, and Jessica Schrank for the pictures.


Meet Johnny

Johnny

Meet Johnny. Johnny is a street youth participating in FIKISHA’s Program Days. He doesn’t know anything about his family or even how old he is. He started living on the streets when he was a little kid. He also began using drugs then. He sleeps on the streets. He eats from the trash of the streets. He’s never been to school.

FIKISHA is working to change that. We want Johnny to live in a house. We want him to sleep in a comfortable bed. We want him to eat nutritious food and to learn how to write his name. We even want him to have a job one day.

Because we know Johnny is capable of all these things and deserves them.

Johnny has never been late to a rehabilitation session. He likes to draw and is a fantastic dancer!

Street life is for the strong, but the drugs have made Johnny weak. He can’t protect himself against danger and some of his friends have already been killed. This is why we’re looking into enrolling him in a drug rehabilitation center.

Until then, will you join with us in praying for Johnny? That God will continue to protect him and provide for him as he continues to take steps towards transformation.

Thanks!

For more of Johnny’s story with additional pictures, visit FIKISHA Kenya’s Facebook Page.


FIKISHA on the Radio!

Radio Interview with Hugh Hewitt

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On Friday, January 19, Sam Bretzmann, Executive Director of FIKISHA USA, was a featured guest along with Nicholas Kristof on the national broadcast of the Hugh Hewitt Show.

The topic of the hour was the problems of Africa—what they are and what can be done.

Click the link above to read the transcribed interview courtesy of the Hugh Hewitt Show.


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