At the moment, we are in the process of constructing the Mathare Community Center (MCC). MCC will be the center and engine for our activities in this community once completed.
Envisaged to house the Church, a clinic, A community Library, a Community meeting hall and Business incubators (places where experimental business ideas grow from). This will be the nerve center for our operations.
In 2012, we took a bold step and acquired land within Mathare.
After doing some feasibility studies, we then embarked on building a 3 story building that will meet our needs for spaces needed to work from in order to serve our community better.
The plan was going to cost USD 300,000 to finish the building and for programmatic initiation.
This project is now 50% percent complete
We are accepting donations through the foundation for peace website to enable us complete this noble project.
At the Living Word Church, we minister not only to the physical needs of the people but their spiritual needs as well.
Our projects are structured around the theme of Hope translated in Kiswahili word Tumaini. We do this through the following community transformational activities:
The church has empowered women to take charge of their lives through small group or individual businesses. The Tumaini beads and tailoring are such groups. The women are creating bead works and selling them to the community as well as the larger population and sometimes to visitors abroad. This has afforded them smiles and food on their table.
The Tumaini School was established in the year 2002. A quality school in the Slums of Mathare in Nairobi, Tumaini is a center of educational hope and excellence.
Today, Tumaini is home to over 400 needy pupils that are accessing education and a good lunch on a daily basis.
From its inception we have seen tremendous growth for the school, starting from a tin building to now well lit classes in a permanent building. This has been a major reason to celebrate in Mathare. The performance of the school on National examinations has been on a steady rise. In 2017 results we had a mean score of 344 marks out of a possible 500 mark for all the 38 students.
This is a project that is run by the church. Bread, cakes and other small bakery items are produced in this bakery. We are glad that though this business is still young and has not peaked, it has a lot of future hope as we shall be in a position to employ a number of people from the slums of Nairobi.
The Tumaini Bakery has been limited by the lack of consistent electricity. Once they move into the new Mathare Community Center, we expect that we can reinvigorate this project.
We have a vision and determination that we will see to it that we are baking different types of bread to sell to the local community at affordable prices. In doing so the community will access clean bread and the church will be able to make money out of the sale while providing employment opportunities.
We seek to love and care for those infected and affected with the scourge of HIV/AIDS that has caused untold suffering in Africa.
Currently we have more than thirty patients that are under our care. Our hope is that our love to them will inspire confidence in them besides the knowledge that is required for them to access drugs and other help offered by the government and other non governmental institutions.