Working Through the Local Church
Compassion’s ministry in Kenya is delivered through local churches. Working in the heart of the communities that Compassion wants to reach, local churches know well the people’s needs and the best interventions to provide for their children. In fact, the people that Compassion touches are family members, friends, and acquaintances of the church’s members.
The local church also is a trusted institution in the community. Compassion encourages the registration of children in need, regardless of their religious background, giving every child the equal opportunity to be developed and shown the unconditional love of Jesus. And because of Compassion’s inclusive nature, even non-Christian parents are eager to enroll their children in the church-based program.
How Compassion Works in Kenya
Compassion's work in Kenya began in 1980. Currently, more than 89,800 children participate in 349 child development centers.
Compassion partners with local churches, helping them provide Kenyan children with a long-term program of physical, educational, socio-emotional and spiritual development. Through this partnership between Compassion and local churches, children in need have the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all that God has created them to be.
The Role of a Partnership Facilitator
Simon Ihuthia’s job of Partnership Facilitator is an important one – to be a connection between local church partners and Compassion, helping partners serve their communities’ children in need with excellence.
Simon oversees 10 church-based Compassion centers in northern Kenya. He travels to these centers on motorbike. The two-hour journey across rough, dirt roads is tiring, but along the way, he is treated to sights of zebras, giraffes and other wildlife.
Compassion center staff members are always glad to receive a visit from Simon, who treats them with great respect. “Compassion hires qualified staff to work with kids, and they do an incredible job,” he says. “I always keep in mind that we are working together in the same ministry.”