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The Diocese of Mbeere

PCAT also works in partnership with a number of other agencies, in particular with the Anglican diocese of Mbeere, part of the Anglican communion. The diocese, under the leadership of Bishop Moses Nthukah, has established a number of initiatives to support sustainable development in the diocese.

Bishop Moses and his wife Lucy together with the secretary of the Mothers Union outside the diocesan offices in Siakago.

Friends of the Diocese of Mbeere

The Friends of the Diocese of Mbeere (FODOM) started in 2012. It is an association of people committed to support and encourage the work of the Anglican diocese of Mbeere. The Friends aims to build links between people living outside Kenya and those living and working in Mbeere.

Objectives of the Friends of Mbeere Diocese
  • To support and encourage the sustainable development and ongoing ministry of the diocese.
  • To raise funds for specific development initiatives to respond to the needs of the people and communities within the Anglican Diocese of Mbeere. The first focus for these initiatives is the provision of water catchment and storage facilities at all permanent churches in the diocese.

Membership of the Friends is open to anyone with an interest in Mbeere and the work of the diocese. Members may be individuals, churches or organizations.

Bishop Moses Nthukah with Stephen Timms, MP, patron of FODOM.

Rukira self-help savings group.

Mbeca ‘Banking on Change’ Project

This project is an initiative of the diocese of Mbeere funded for an initial three year period (2010 to 2012) by Barclays Bank.

The concept of Mbeca is built on the traditional thrift system known as ‘Merry-go-round’. The concept is basically that one member takes the savings of the others as his/her credit for a given period, to undertake an income generating activity. Once the money has been paid back it is available for another member to borrow. Members regularly save small amounts, enabling more people to borrow. However, to add value to this traditional system, the project has established a formal structure to facilitate and provide technical back up to the financial services. There are currently 250 groups with a total membership of over 5,000 supported by a team of community-based trainers and a coordinator.

Sustainable Agricultural Livelihoods Innovation Project (SALI)

This project is a partnership between the diocese of Mbeere, Anglican Development Services Mount Kenya East, Njarange Area Project Kenya and Traidcraft. It is funded for three years by Christian Aid.

It is based on an approach derived from best practices that have been tried and tested in Sub-Saharan Africa and found to be effective.

A member of a local farmer's group.

The proposed project is groundbreaking in the following aspects:

  • It will enable small-scale farmers in Mbeere District to access and utilise a pool of scientific information on weather patterns (and especially seasonal forecasts) to enable them understand and plan for the changing climatic conditions using mobile phones to receive information by text message.
  • It will empower small-scale farmers with skills to actively participate in market analysis and inclusion in order to reduce the risks of exploitative market conditions (middlemen, lack of market intelligence, etc).
  • The potential for replicating lessons learnt under this project through both scaling up this project within Kenya and lesson-learning across Christian Aid programming in Africa and globally is substantial.

PCAT provided a small grant in the early stage of the project to fund the collection of baseline information to support the development of the project proposal.

Makutano Children’s Home

Makutano Children’s Home is in the diocese of Mbeere. It provides accommodation for a group of boys whose families are no longer able to support them due to a variety of reasons including losing parents to Aids and family breakdowns. Makutano Children’s Home started in 2004 and was officially opened in 2010 by the Archbishop of Kenya. Members of St Mary’s church, Woodford, Essex in the UK provide regular support for the young people in the home, in particular to help with the cost of secondary education. All funds raised by St Mary’s for the home are managed by the Peter Cowley Africa Trust, and the Trust collects Gift Aid on all such donations.

Boys at Makutano Children’s Home.

Project Riandu

Project Riandu started in 2014. It is a partnership between a group of students from Nottingham University, the Diocese of Mbeere and The Mothers Union in the Diocese of Mbeere. There are 71 primary schools for deaf children in Kenya, but only five secondary schools. The aim of the project is to raise £300,000 to meet the cost of designing and building a new secondary school for the deaf at Riandu, near Siakago in Mbeere. The project is supported by CPMG Architects. Donations for the project will be managed by the Peter Cowley Africa Trust and the Trust will collect Gift Aid on all donations made to it for Project Riandu.

The Diocese of Mbeere

PCAT also works in partnership with a number of other agencies, in particular with the Anglican diocese of Mbeere, part of the Anglican communion. The diocese, under the leadership of Bishop Moses Nthukah, has established a number of initiatives to support sustainable development in the diocese.

Bishop Moses and his wife Lucy together with the secretary of the Mothers Union outside the diocesan offices in Siakago.

Friends of the Diocese of Mbeere

The Friends of the Diocese of Mbeere (FODOM) started in 2012. It is an association of people committed to support and encourage the work of the Anglican diocese of Mbeere. The Friends aims to build links between people living outside Kenya and those living and working in Mbeere.

Objectives of the Friends of Mbeere Diocese
  • To support and encourage the sustainable development and ongoing ministry of the diocese.
  • To raise funds for specific development initiatives to respond to the needs of the people and communities within the Anglican Diocese of Mbeere. The first focus for these initiatives is the provision of water catchment and storage facilities at all permanent churches in the diocese.

Membership of the Friends is open to anyone with an interest in Mbeere and the work of the diocese. Members may be individuals, churches or organizations.

Bishop Moses Nthukah with Stephen Timms, MP, patron of FODOM.

Rukira self-help savings group.

Mbeca ‘Banking on Change’ Project

This project is an initiative of the diocese of Mbeere funded for an initial three year period (2010 to 2012) by Barclays Bank.

The concept of Mbeca is built on the traditional thrift system known as ‘Merry-go-round’. The concept is basically that one member takes the savings of the others as his/her credit for a given period, to undertake an income generating activity. Once the money has been paid back it is available for another member to borrow. Members regularly save small amounts, enabling more people to borrow. However, to add value to this traditional system, the project has established a formal structure to facilitate and provide technical back up to the financial services. There are currently 250 groups with a total membership of over 5,000 supported by a team of community-based trainers and a coordinator.

Sustainable Agricultural Livelihoods Innovation Project (SALI)

This project is a partnership between the diocese of Mbeere, Anglican Development Services Mount Kenya East, Njarange Area Project Kenya and Traidcraft. It is funded for three years by Christian Aid.

It is based on an approach derived from best practices that have been tried and tested in Sub-Saharan Africa and found to be effective.

A member of a local farmer's group.

The proposed project is groundbreaking in the following aspects:

  • It will enable small-scale farmers in Mbeere District to access and utilise a pool of scientific information on weather patterns (and especially seasonal forecasts) to enable them understand and plan for the changing climatic conditions using mobile phones to receive information by text message.
  • It will empower small-scale farmers with skills to actively participate in market analysis and inclusion in order to reduce the risks of exploitative market conditions (middlemen, lack of market intelligence, etc).
  • The potential for replicating lessons learnt under this project through both scaling up this project within Kenya and lesson-learning across Christian Aid programming in Africa and globally is substantial.

PCAT provided a small grant in the early stage of the project to fund the collection of baseline information to support the development of the project proposal.

Makutano Children’s Home

Makutano Children’s Home is in the diocese of Mbeere. It provides accommodation for a group of boys whose families are no longer able to support them due to a variety of reasons including losing parents to Aids and family breakdowns. Makutano Children’s Home started in 2004 and was officially opened in 2010 by the Archbishop of Kenya. Members of St Mary’s church, Woodford, Essex in the UK provide regular support for the young people in the home, in particular to help with the cost of secondary education. All funds raised by St Mary’s for the home are managed by the Peter Cowley Africa Trust, and the Trust collects Gift Aid on all such donations.

Boys at Makutano Children’s Home.

Project Riandu

Project Riandu started in 2014. It is a partnership between a group of students from Nottingham University, the Diocese of Mbeere and The Mothers Union in the Diocese of Mbeere. There are 71 primary schools for deaf children in Kenya, but only five secondary schools. The aim of the project is to raise £300,000 to meet the cost of designing and building a new secondary school for the deaf at Riandu, near Siakago in Mbeere. The project is supported by CPMG Architects. Donations for the project will be managed by the Peter Cowley Africa Trust and the Trust will collect Gift Aid on all donations made to it for Project Riandu.

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