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Kenya Country Programming Launched

  • Fr. Gilbert Otieno and Deacon Michael Martini
    Fr. Gilbert Otieno and Deacon Michael Martini
  • A typical Kenya family that benefits from CRS programming
    A typical Kenya family that benefits from CRS programming

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Passionist Father Gilbert Otieno (left) and Deacon Michael Martini (right) led a Jan. 30-Feb. 7, 2016 contingent to Kenya, which also included Deacon Jim Tesoriero and his wife.

From Deacon Martini: "Deacon Jim, his wife Nicole and I  arrived in Nairobi Kenya on Saturday evening. Our ultimate destination was Homa Bay Diocese in western Kenya on Lake Victoria. This is a 7 hour journey from Nairobi. Fr. Gilbert arranged travel and lodging with the Passionist fathers and truly we could not have done it with you without their assistance. We had lunch with Lane Bunkers on Sunday and he gave us an overview of the challenges in Kenya. We  left for Homa bay Monday morning and arrived there Tuesday evening. The further we traveled the more challenging the trip became because the pavement eventually gave way to deeply rutted gravel roads. On Wednesday CRS representatives Karen and Robert picked us up and we visited Mercy Orphans, the primary CRS partner in administration of the Prosper project. The they took us to visit two families that are supported by CRS and Mercy Orphans."

CCST will be supporting CRS' Prosper Project, a multi-year, multi-donor project that will provide for family stability for hundreds of villagers in the Homa Bay Diocese in Kenya.  This initial 2016 visit will introduce CCST members to key church partners and locations.

CRS uses a holistic approach to improving the lives of orphaned or otherwise vulnerable children in Kenya: From providing access to safe water, sanitation and better nutrition to improving their economic status through education, CRS programs are helping to create healthy and productive generations of Kenyans. 

For the background of our country work in Kenya, CLICK HERE.