In 1986 we travelled to Kenya for the very first time at the invitation of Pastor Daniel Kisemei - a Maasai Pastor. Although it was a wonderful time of fellowship with the Maasai people, we were distressed with the living conditions, particularly for those children who had been left orphans.
We have maintained contact over the years and Pastor Daniel is still living with his wife Mary in Loitokitok, Kenya.
As we travelled further afield into Uganda and Rwanda, the ravages of war and AIDS were shocking. That first visit we agreed to assist just 5 Ugandan children who were orphans and unable to attend school. We returned to Perth, Western Australia and asked friends to pay A$20 per month to allow a child to enter school and have at least one meal every day. Those first 5 children became 100 within a year and today there are 7000 orphans and widows who are beneficiaries of the Genesis sponsorship programme.
Over the years we have supported:
- a group of aging Grandmothers in Uganda (the only relatives alive following the devastation of AIDS);
- completed a building and built latrines and kitchen for an orphanage on the border of Rwanda;
- worked with a team of volunteers from Perth, Western Australia who built a Clinic and Meeting room for the Maasai tribe in Isara, Kenya;
- volunteers from Perth, built a commercial kitchen at Kianyaga Children's Home, Kenya;
- packed and shipped 7 x 20' containers of aid to Kenya and Uganda;
- opened numerous Clinics with donated goods and gifted medical equipment to Kenyan Hospitals;
- provided thousands of school uniforms so African children could attend school;
- commenced 5 primary schools in Uganda;
- commenced a secondary school in Uganda;
- commenced a diploma level vocational training school in Uganda;
- commenced 62 associations for poverty stricken widows in Uganda and 3 associations for widows in Rwanda;
- built the largest chapel in South Western Uganda;
- built a guest house and Community Medical Clinic in Uganda to support 15,000 people in surrounding villages;
- provided new accommodation for teaching staff in Uganda;
- ongoing teaching for widows in income generation;
- built 2 orphanages for Karen Refugee children in Thailand;
- taken short-term workers to the Philippines for holiday programmes and feeding for poor island children;
- sent 5 tonnes of medicine in 2 shipments to hospitals and Health Department in Cuba;
- an outreach to children living on the streets of Pattaya, Thailand.
- supported the Palangka Raya Bible College, Indonesia with renovations and teaching;
- provided ongoing support to JAM Mental Health Facility in Palangka Raya, Indonesia;
- provided annual outreach to remote Pastors who are graduands of the Bible College.