Caymanians makes a difference in Kenya

A team of Cayman missionaries is
making a difference in the lives of a nomadic tribe in Kenya.

Voice in the Wilderness Ministry
team Elizabeth Bowen, Alfred Powery and Miriam Powery Biel of Grand Cayman have
joined forces with Veronica Mukuti and Alphaus Luswati of Kenya to provide
clean drinking water, education, latrines, schools, orphanage, food and
horticultural training for the poor and less fortunate.

The group was first invited to
Kenya in 2006 by Pastor Peter Murunga of Bungoma, Kenya.

On the trip, the group was able to
visit Lodwar, a very remote and arid part of Kenya where the Turkana people
live.

The Turkana people are a nomadic
pastoral tribe who inhabit the Turkana district in Kenya’s Rift Valley
Province. The area is underdeveloped and a nomadic lifestyle still exists.

Touched by the living conditions
and lack of modern facilities, the group again returned in 2008 and, with the
help of others, was able to acquire 50 acres of land to develop for the Turkana
people.

In January 2010, the group visited
for 12 weeks and was able to build the first phase of a primary school at a
cost of US$48, 000.

The three-room building measures 77
by 28 feet and will accommodate 120 children.

The school will provide standard
education to the orphans and underprivileged children of Napetet as well as
meals.

“Living conditions are very harsh
in this area of Kenya where basic essential like water, food and education is
so needed,” said Ms Bowen.

“What we want to do is help these
poor people to become self sufficient and improve their living conditions,” she
added.

Ms Bowen said they are blessed to
have others like the Church of God Chapel West Bay, Boatswain Presbyterian
Church and the Rotary Club on Cayman to share the sponsorship of this worthy
cause and for that the team was grateful.

Anyone wanting to come on board in
this cause can make donations to Butterfield Bank, Account number 01201/038454
(US$) and 02201/038454 (CI$) or contact Elizabeth Bowen on 947-8047 or 916
5724.

The Turkana people are noted for
raising camels and weaving baskets.

 In recent years, development aid programmes
have aimed at introducing fishing among the Turkana; a taboo in society, with
varying success.

The Turkana people are believed to
be of a Hamito-Semitic origin. They are believed to have originated from North
Africa and across the Red Sea.

They are a conservative ethnic
group with strict cultural lifestyle and the exact number of Turkanas is not
known.

 Traditionally, men and women both wear wraps
made of rectangular woven material.

 For food, they rely on their animals for milk,
meat and blood. Slaughtered goats are roasted on a fire and only their entrails
and skin removed. Roasting meat is a favorite way of consuming meat.

Houses are constructed over a
wooden framework of domed saplings on which grass is thatched and lashed on. The
house is large enough to house a family of six.

The Turkana tribe are monotheistic and
believe in one God, known as Akuj.

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Turkana poor and underprivileged orphans.
Photo: Jewel Levy
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