RURAL REVITALIZATION PROJECTS
“Rural Village Revitalization Projects” are premised on a holistic approach to the Gospel as enunciated by the Apostle, James the brother of our Lord, who writes, “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?” [JAMES 2:15-16]
LOGO-LOGO FEEDING PROJECT NEAR MARSIBIT, NORTHERN KENYA
Pastor Elias (LMC-Africa “LIVE SCHOOL” graduate) and his wife, Purity, were instrumental in shepherding an international Malnutrition Reduction Program (Millenium Village Project) in the Logo-Logo village near Marsabit in the northern Kenyan desert region.
They have established a farm and vegetable greenhouse that is currently providing food to three villages in the area around Logo-Logo.
The success of the Malnutrition Reduction Program was recently accredited by the inspectors from the Millenium Village Project, who cited the Logo-Logo program as one of the most successful in Africa (see Graphic results on right).
Graph on right shows the total beneficiaries (under five year old, five year olds to adolescents and pregnant and lactating mothers) admitted for management of moderate acute malnutrition through the current life of the Project.
There was a 60% decrease of patients with malnutrition by the beginning of the year 2013 and a further 33.7% reduction by the beginning of the year 2014.
The trend is also repeated for the new admissions 2012 to 2013, a reduction of 16.4%, with a further decrease of 24.9% decrease in 2014.
Pastor Elias and Purity have also implemented an orphan / widow program where the widows of the community help to raise and educate the orphan children. This in addition to a water catchment program and planting two churches!
**WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING PARTNERS FOR ELIAS & PURITY AS THEIR MINISTRY FUNDING RUNS OUT ON 12/31/2017**
LMC Africa is excited to be laying the groundwork for a rural village water well-drilling project partnership to the Southern & Western Provinces of Zambia (later to be extended in to the Caprivi Strip, Namibia, northeastern Botswana and northwestern Zimbabwe). The first well will be dug in 2018 at the base camp in Kazungula to be used, not only to bring an adequate and consistent water supply to the LMC-Africa base camp, as continued landscaping on the property as well as the planned experimental farming and tree nursery plans come to full fruition, but also for use in training LMC-Africa Staff and Rural Church Planters in the support, maintenance and operation of well-drilling equipment.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, it is estimated that 71 percent of the burden of collecting water for households falls on women and girls, says the U.N.’s 2012 report on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Currently, women in sub-Saharan Africa spend an average of about 200 million hours per day collecting water, and a whopping 40 billion hours per year, according to the U.N. Development Program.
That’s 40 billion hours of productive hours just spent collecting water! This doesn’t include boiling the water in order to make it potable and preparing meals.
Our goal with the Rural Village Water Well-Drilling Project is to free up productive hours of these woman and teenage girls that are bound by this task to pursue more profitable undertakings, such as planting & maintaining vegetable gardens or starting small businesses.