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The Kenya Crusade 2013 begins now! All the way from Tacoma, WA, USA…we are now back in Kenya to help people half way across the globe.
Proverbs 31:8 “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves and the rights of those who are destitute.” This is a great medium to speak up for those people. The projects that we will be focused on and heading up are:

*Build an ongoing mentorship program through football in the Kiandutu Slums of Thika Town, Kenya. Coach Joseph is a respected and trusted leader and we will be working with him to foster a program that enable the youth to focus on football (boys and girls) and have a strong male role model and mentor. This will include many sub-projects which we are very excited about.
*Build online profiles for families in the Dadaab Refugee Camps, so that we can connect them with small financial gifts. This will enable them to create a plan to get back to their homeland of Somalia. Many times only 100 US dollars would give them the resources they need to make the 4 week trek back to their home and start providing for their families.

Stay tuned for programs that we are currently working on through the power of video and YouTube and other various social media outlets.

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What’s Next for Megan’s House

I have been back in Tacoma, Washington, USA for about 60 days now and have had much time to reflect and plan for what the future holds. I am honored to have shared my story and adventure with well over 5,000 people since I returned, speaking at churches and community functions throughout the Puget Sound. I have connected with dozens of people throughout the region and have built amazing relationships with people who want to get involved and help. Ultimately, what have I decided to do? Well, it turns out after decompressing, downloading, and speaking to so many enthusiastic people…I have a tremendous love and passion for the people of Somalia and Kenya and will be returning to Africa in February of 2013! (you can certainly give to this cause).

Jenny Margaret and Clinton are some of the most beautiful children in the world.

There may be a book on the horizon as well. I have unintentionally created a template for international missionary and aid work for under-funded individuals. This is a template I want to share with the world, so that people who are called to go out into the world can do so without the limitations of lack of money. I know there are so many visions and dreams that be fulfilled if people can overcome the money barrier. I want to show people how to mirror what we did here at Megan’s House and create a forum where people can give directly to the source of aid, just like James and Jessica from Missouri were able to do (see Episode 8) for the children of Amri School.

As I prepare to speak to more groups of people and help others achieve their missionary and/or aid goals, I am very excited to bring fellow dreamers out to Kenya early next year with me. If this is something that you thought was out of reach or far-fetched, think again. I thought that very same thing at one point. If I can inspire others to dream big and answer your Godly calling then my life will truly be fulfilled. It’s my pleasure to take some time and chat about your possible adventure.

Email me at Chris@KenyaTV.org

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Stranded…Update from Dubai

I have been out of Kenya for less than 24 hours and I am now delayed in Dubai, UAE. I am very excited to get back to the States and continue working on this amazing project and undertaking we call Megan’s House!

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What I Have Learned About Corruption in Kenya…

With only a week remaining for my mission in Kenya, I intend to work right up until departure time! Watch this week’s episode to see a recap of my 3 top projects and the things I have learned over the past 60 days here in Kenya.

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God’s Plan Was NOT Saturday Morning Cartoons!

Chris and KariukiI doubted Thika Town woke up this early on a Saturday, but I couldn’t sleep at all on this morning. So, at 6am I did the not-so-normal act of walking around a sleepy “downtown corridor”, which consists of 8 square blocks of ‘busyness’, but not necessarily a downtown that you may picture. In fact on this morning I couldn’t find one single business that was open for business. Not a cup of coffee, not a mango, not even a newspaper vendor. However I did find one thing that I didn’t expect…my old, err, young friend Kariuki (see Episode 6). Walking by himself, dressed in month-old soiled clothing, and carrying a tattered burlap sack over his shoulder. Once he spotted me, he desperately tried to stash his glue bottle, but by now I am very keen on the infamous “high” of the Kenya street boys. He knew I spotted it, so he hung his head low to greet me. He was, however, still excited to see me and wondered what I was doing out so early, as surely I had a comfortable, warm bed to return to. I suppose I was out so early to find HIM.

It was unusually cold for a Thika morning and I asked Kariuki where he had slept last night. His response was one he had previously given on several occasions, “in the garden” he said. “The Garden” was a spot where the street boys hang out, sniff glue, play cards, and conspire their next money making scheme. I just couldn’t imagine sleeping outside on this particular morning and Kariuki was visibly cold from the night’s sleep. I asked him when enough will be enough to get off the streets. He immediately said he wanted off the streets and wanted to go back to school, but didn’t know how. I told him that we would talk about it at breakfast, but he needed to show me a place that was open this early. It turns out that right next to us, behind several sheets of metal was a “restaurant” that served hot tea and mandazis (a Kenyan breakfast staple).

Over the next 30 minutes I outlined a plan that we could follow to ensure Kariuki would have the chance to go to school. I only say “have the chance” because it is normal for the streets boys to get into school for a week, but then slip back into the life of glue, pan-handling, and the freedom of no parental figure. He eagerly gulped the hot tea and committed that he was tired of the street life and wanted to have a better future that the streets couldn’t provide.

Kariuki's Family in Kiandutu

Fast forward to Sunday night. Vowing to give Kariuki a fighting chance, I found myself in the Slums of Kiandutu after dark, which is not advisable on any level or for any reason, especially for a Mzungu (white man). With a full grocery bag in hand, I was on the hunt for his grandmother. For this plan to effectively work, I had to have the whole family involved. Meaning, I would need to also keep them accountable through small incentives, to make it worth it for them to stay focused on keeping Kariuki on the right path. In short, if Kariuki fails, the whole family loses out. What’s at stake for them? Only about 200 Kenyan shillings ($2 USD) per week, but when rent is only 500 shillings per month that is a huge loss to sustain.

Kariuki and Family in Garden

After a tense, after-dark search in the Kiandutu Slums, I was successful in my hunt for Kariuki’s family. I explained my plan, gave them the initial ‘offering’ of groceries and set up a follow up meeting with his extended family AND him at the same time in “the Garden” for the next day. I had to make sure all of the participants were on the same page and there was no misconceptions on how the plan would work. The rules are simple: attend school everyday, no glue, no streets, and always try your hardest. If I stop funding this project in the future, I want Kariuki’s family to understand why it was stopped. It wasn’t stopped due to a “funding shortfall” or “government cut-backs”, but because they didn’t follow the plan that was outlined. So here is THE PLAN:

Kariuki’s last completed grade was 6. He is now 16 years old and should be in grade 9 or 10. However, due to malnutrition and years of glue use, Kariuki’s physical looking age is about 11 or 12. For this reason he will be able to get back into public school and restart at grade 5 and work his way up to grade 10, within the next couple of years. So Megan’s House will cover all of the costs involved in him attending school such as uniform, exam fees, food, utilities, and supplies as well as give a weekly allowance to Kariuki and his family for staying off the streets and not sniffing glue. The cost for all of this? About $20 USD per month. So no matter how bad the economy gets, even if Megan’s House doesn’t take in any donations, I can still fund this young man’s future out of my own pocket.

I would, however, be thrilled if you want to sponsor this project and be actively involved in Kariuki’s success. He told me today, as we sat in the Garden, that he hopes one day to become a doctor, so that he may help children that were born with the same physical malady that he was born with…more on that later :)

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Terror Strikes Dadaab Once Again…In Dagahaley

Terror struck Dagahaley Refugee Camp near Dadaab Tuesday, May 15th, as an AP Police vehicle was blown up as it ran over an Improvised Explosive Device. This act is presumably the act of the al shabaab terror group that has taken credit for previous attacks on the village. Despite the present danger within the camps, we at Megan’s House will continue to serve for the families of Dadaab.

Watch this episode of The Kenya Crusade and see how you can support our efforts in this increasingly dangerous mission.

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Finally…The Kenya Crusade Makes It to Dadaab!

During 2011 the Somali’s were fleeing their country, due to famine and war, in record numbers to create the world’s largest refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. World news reporters and celebrities were a common sight in Dadaab in late 2011, but now it seems the world’s attention has faded and the cameras have left. However, the 500,000 refugees that make this their temporary home still need help in creating a bearable environment and moving on to a sustainable life.

One such family, the Salat family, is in desperate need of bettering their life. The refugee camp is not conducive to the handicap that 4 of their family members have. Dahir Salat, a father of 6, made a comfortable living as a small business owner in Kismayu, Somalia before being forced from his home by the terrorist organization al-shabaab 4 years ago. Now he desperately needs help to start a business so that his family can survive until he is able to get relocated to another country.

Watch this episode of The Kenya Crusade and see how you can give Dahir and his family hope.

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Returning to Amri School in Kikuyu, Kenya…Episode 8

After successful exposure with Episode 1 of The Kenya Crusade, which show-cased the Amri Children’s School, we return there after friends of the Crusade donated online for specific needs highlighted in the show.
Watch this episode to actually see “your money in action”. See how Megan’s House can put a small amount of money to use in a big way!
Refer to Episode 1 to see the needs of the school.

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The Road to Garissa

I was told many times not to go, which made me a little nervous. However, the thought of not going to Garissa haunted me even more.
The fact that I have the power to be able to help people and potentially change the lives of dozens or hundreds of people, gives me all of the reason to do everything I can to travel to Garissa!
Sometimes we have to just go and “do something” before we know how big or how small our impact will be. I believe that God would not have given me the vision to be able to help hundreds of people if he wasn’t going to help me along the way.

Watch this episode of The Kenya Crusade and see how I prepare to be obedient to Proverbs 31:8.

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The Lost Boys of Thika Town

Life in the Kiandutu Slums is hard living and that’s why life on the streets of Thika Town is not a bad alternative to some of the children growing up there. I call these children “The Lost Boys of Thika Town”.
In between my travels from Nairobi to Garissa Town, I have taken on a project to try to recover some of these boys from the “sometimes criminal” life on the streets of Thika Town. They are not bad kids, just a little misguided and have no one to hold them accountable. There are no fathers around to keep them in line and they can come and go as they please. This usually leads to glue sniffing addiction and pan handling for money or scraps of food.

Something can be done about this epidemic. Watch this episode to see if God puts it on your heart to help out in this cause.

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