Hillside Community Church - September 2011 | Hungry For Life

September 2011: ,

A group from Hillside Community church, led by church leaders Krista Bennett and Lauri Alward and HFL leader Jackie Edinborough, traveled to Kenya in fall 2011. They worked alongside field partner Gospel Power Churches and Edgar Odwaro on an expansion at a school in the community of Seje, helping to build a new classroom. As well they purchased and distributed food and school supplies, and hosted two sports days.

Community projects: 
Additional items accomplished: 
  • Sports Day for children at Kocheing Primary, Boro
  • Sports Day for children at Seje
  • Completion of 5th Classroom at Seje
  • Feeding distribution for of beans and corn to feed 173 people for a month
  • Equipping of 4 primary schools and one community team with football jerseys and footballs.
  • Donation of 22 blankets and assorted children's clothing to an orphanage in Kisumu for abandoned children
  • Huru packs (reusable sanitary towels) were distributed to 99 school aged girls enabling them to attend school throughout their menses
  • Health education given to 180 school children at Seje

Team Testimonials:

"[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] working with the community to build the school. It was such an amazing experience and to be able to build relationship with the people."
"[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] meeting the orphans when we arrived. It was beautiful and it touched my heart and was a great introduction to what I would soon experience."
"[This trip has impacted me and] it has opened my eyes. I have been living in ignorance, not really paying attention to the world around me. I have learned that even though it seems I have little to offer, I can help make a difference."
"[This trip has impacted me and] I have grown personally, emotionally and spiritually on a number of different levels."
"[The experiences of this trip taught me] to be quiet, humble myself and submit to Him on a new level."
"[The experiences of this trip] allowed me a deeper understanding of the problems and situations facing Kenyans."
"[The event that deeply affected me was] having to say goodbye to the kids, but God told me that I would come back."
"[The event that deeply affected me was] when a piece of bread dropped to the floor while we were serving food in the Boro School. As we left the room several kids dove on the floor to get it. I felt sad, convicted and spoiled to think of how I have taken my life for granted."
"[One thing I am going to change in the next six months is to] not waste water and will do my best to fund raise to help the next team."
"[One thing I am going to change in the next six months is] to remember that not everyone has the luxury of turning on a tap and having clean water come out or having immediate access to any sort of water or electricity."