Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Urgent Appeal

Dear Friends,

We have an urgent appeal for a young student, named Jeremiah Lokol who lives on the border between Turkana and Pokot areas; one of the poorest parts of Kenya. I met him in September when I was on a food relief mission to the people in that area.


Turkana people waiting for food relief

Jeremiah


Jeremiah has just been accepted to the top school in the country and this has made my day with this news.  But he needs tuition and school uniform costs in a matter of days (by the end of this month) so I am making an URGENT appeal to everyone.

Sadly, everything that Jeremiah's family had was stolen by their neighbours just around the time the parents were planning to sell some cows and goats to pay for his education. Some of you will know that in this area the people are pastoralists and they suffer from cattle raiding.

Standing with some Turkana women holding their water cans.

As the boy comes from a family of  9, it looks like his dream of attending the school which is located in Kikuyu town near Nairobi, might not become a reality. He might lose the chance of joining this great school and achieving his dream of becoming a pilot after finishing high school.

What we need to do is gather everyone's support to ensure he can go to school. He needs everyone's support to make this possible.

The fees and costs for term one are 24,943 Kenyan shillings ( $304 Canadian, $275 Australian, $292 US, 222 Euros, 187 GBP) There are additional costs of 6695 Kenyan shillings for school uniforms ( $81 Canadian, $74 Australian, $78 US, 60 Euros, 50 GBP and some modest amount for travelling to the school and making sure he has the other clothing and bedding he needs.

I am praying to God for someone to come forward and answer the prayers for this family and this boy.

Please pray with us and help to raise awareness of the Missions of Hope by using the share buttons at the bottom of this post. If you can do more than pray, please donate now at the donate button on the upper right of this website.

If you have any problem with the Pay Pal button you can send the donation to kerichojoy[at]gmail.com Thank you and may God bless you.

Jonah

18 comments:

Fred Alton said...

Sorry I can't help right now - just sent a large (for me) check to pay a year's scholarship for a student at our Eldoret Discipleship College a few days back. Almost had to, since he's my namesake! Can you imagine a kid with a name like Fred Brannen Obadha? ☺

Jen (emsun.org) said...

I wish you the best of luck.

Joyful said...

I understand Fred! We value your prayers. God bless you for sponsoring a student.

Joyful said...

Thank you, Jen for your visit and your encouragement :-)

The Professor's Wife said...

I couldn't figure out the Missions of Hope button, so I just sent a donation to you on paypal. Wish it could be more.

Joyful said...

Thank you Andrea for your donation. Every bit helps. What problem did you have with the donate button? Others might have the same problem.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

http://annkschin.blogspot.com/2011/12/save-world-dont-waste.html

came via Eden's post. Wish I can send some plums to Africa.

Joyful said...

The plums were beautiful.

The Professor's Wife said...

It was with paypal - I think I am just slow to figure stuff out, lol. I didn't know their email, and paypal asked for the email.

Joyful said...

Okay, thanks. That sounds like a problem that others hopefully will not have ;-)

Jo said...

Dear Penny, as you know, the Lord has smiled down on us recently so I felt led to make a donation towards this appeal for Jeremiah (along with my normal monthly payment). I know the abject poverty in areas like Pokot and Turkana and thank God for people like Fred and Andrea who reach out to people here in Kenya. BTW the link on the "Donate" button didn't open for me so I went directly to Paypal. I pray others will open their hearts and purses; every cent helps. Bless you Penny and Jonah for all you do for the people of Kenya. Jo

Joyful said...

Thank you so much, Jo! I too thank God for people like Fred, Andrea, yourself and others of like mind. If everyone did JUST a little, the needs would be met. I continue to pray for all the needs we have at this time. I'm going to put my email on the post as it seems some folks are having trouble with the Pay Pal button though when I try to use it, it seems to be just fine.

Shanda said...

I'm so sorry about Jeremiah. That kind of thing happens far too often. My daughter fell in love with the people of Kenya, as you did! She is returning this August but they work in the slums outside of Nairobi

Joyful said...

Yes, it happens far too often. We simply do our best to help those that are put in our path.

I'm sure your daughter is looking forward to her time in Kenya :-)

Eden said...

I am sorry Joy I cannot help this time because I don't have work at the moment. Maybe someday.

Joyful said...

Thank you for your comment Eden. Of course no one expects you to help if you don't have work. Thank you for your caring heart just the same. May God bless you to help you find work and take care of yourself. xx

L said...

Hi Joyful,
I hope you are well. I was wondering if you would not mind to contact me on my blog to share about this charity. Would like to learn more. We are not able to give money to charity as often as we would like, but when we do, it is important to me to know our money goes to a worthwhile cause that uses the money for those in need. Thank you.

Joyful said...

Hi Lyn, I will be in touch. I love to tell others about this charity. I know of things first hand though I live in Canada. Talk soon and thank you for your enquiry. :-)

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