Facts About Kenya P Population 35m R Rural population 79% L Life Expectancy – 49yrs M Mean age – 18yrs R Religions Christian – 78% Traditional – 11% Muslim – 8% H HDI – 154
RUSH was the vision of … Lucy and Andrew Amukowa (Jenny first met them when they were living in Kibera Slum, Nairobi in 1998) Lucy had a very hard upbringing and she decided that she didnt want other people to suffer in the same way as she had
Lucy moved to Kibera Slum in Nairobi … where she met Andrew Kibera is an area roughly 2 kms squared It has a population of over 1 million people, making it one of the largest slum areas of the world The average home in Kibera is 3m by 3m and will house roughly 5 people There is one pit latrine for every 50-500 people
Kakamega Kakamega KENYA In 2001 Lucy and Andrew moved to Kakamega
RUSH is based on … Deuteronomy 15:11 'There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.' Isaiah 61:1-4 'The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion - to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendour. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.'
Befriending the locals First Lucy and Andrew set up a small business … … but their main focus had been building relationships with the local people …... the site where they first started their business soon became a meeting place for worship and teaching once a week!!
Lucy continued to visit and encourage the people … Volunteers who became part of the RUSH project were trained up to enable this work to expand! This is where RUSH really started … meeting the community within the community!
Agriculture & Maize The aim is to teach people to plant and cultivate their own vegetables and become self-sufficient Maize is grown on the current school site - the whole community harvests it and the crop feeds different groups within RUSH
Feeding Programme At the site where the Tuesday meetings take place, RUSH have a feeding programme where twice a week a meal is provided Maize harvested by the community is used to feed the community!
RUSH Academy Free Education and Uniforms for ALL!!
148 Kids get … 2 Meals a day!! New School Site - due to open Jan 2007
RUSH Football The RUSH youth started playing football … And then different teams evolved!! Local schools were so impressed by their football, some have been offered places at the schools
RUSH Choir Formed for the first RUSH anniversary … They have since won District, Provincial and National competitions!! Then there were 2 Choirs!! - all RUSH members
Carpentry and Tailoring Secondary Education is not free or compulsory in Kenya … Many people cannot afford to complete or even begin to attend Secondary School … RUSH decided to offer a free alternative where students could become proficient at a trade
Annual Medical Days 2004 - 1,000 people 2005 - 1,850 people 2006 - 2, 011 people An Eye Test in the Rain! Queuing to be seen Prescribing Drugs and Medical Advice Treatment for Malaria, Cholera and Typhoid Glasses Prescribed In 2005, 4 Kgs of teeth were pulled!!
House Building The men prepare the mud using water carried from the local river by the women! Then the women throw the mud at the house!!! This house, for Rosemary, is the 7 th House RUSH has built!
RUSH Reaching the Unreached through Self Help www.rushuk.org.uk