NEWS

  • Africa RAIN project garners global recognition

    This year’s Energy Global World Award was given to Water for a Generation, a project of the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) in Swaziland. This three-year project, funded by The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) and implemented by Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc. (NCMI), aims to develop 50 solar and hand pump water systems in schools and health clinics across Swaziland to improve health and access to water.

     

    Backed by a US$30 million commitment by The Coca-Cola Company, RAIN is a continent-wide initiative designed to provide more than two million Africans with access to clean water by 2015. RAIN has supported or is developing 55 projects in 30 countries across Africa and will reach all countries across the continent by 2015. To date, RAIN has attracted more than US$23 million in match funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other donors.

     

    "We have had the privilege of working hand in hand with communities who have lived for years without water or access only to dirty water and the disease it brings," said Cosmos Mutowa, NCM Africa regional coordinator and Helping Hands Africa regional director. "It has been humbling to watch the changes these systems bring as students now pass [their classes] because they are not spending hours a day fetching water for the school instead of learning."

     

    In Swaziland, RAIN is positively impacting nearly 20 percent of the country by constructing 50 solar and hand pump water systems in clinics, schools, agriculture projects, and orphan centers. This program is transforming lives by employing innovative technologies and point-of-collection chlorine dispensers to provide clean, safe water and to contribute to progress toward eradication of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in Swaziland. The program is also training 300 community WASH trainers and educating 50,000 individuals in environmentally sound water practices, sanitation, and hygiene.

     

    "The Swaziland RAIN project delivers so much more than water," said Beauty Makhubela, NCM Swaziland country coordinator. "It is literally saving a generation from extinction because it has provided clean water to health clinics who can now initiate and sustain treatment for HIV/AIDS and TB, garden projects that feed HIV/AIDS support gourps and orphans, and communities that now have an economic future because they have clean water."

     

    Each site for the solar system establishes a maintenance fund and a water committee that will be responsible for operations and maintenance of the infrastructure and will pay for a new pump at the end of the life of the current one. RAIN is also piloting an innovative “Circuit Rider” approach to ensure the lasting impact of the program. This allows each system to be self-sustaining for the life of the solar panels, which can exceed 25-30 years. The solar systems have a 10-year warranty.

     

    "Through the Replenish Africa Initiative, we are focusing on making a sustainable difference in the lives of millions of people across Africa," said William Asiko, president of TCCAF. "Water for a Generation in Swaziland is an excellent example of a project that is improving access to water today, while providing for the long term, sustainable impact for decades to come."

     

    The Energy Globe Awards have been awarded annually since 1999 to recognize projects that make careful and economical use of resources and employ alternative energy sources. The winners, in the categories of Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Youth, are selected by a panel including members from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the World Bank, and the European Renewable Energy Council. The awards are an initiative by Austrian engineer and environmentalist Wolfgang Neumann.

     

    --The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation

  • Veterans Receive Crisis Care Kits

    Veterans who served their country in times of conflict received needed toiletries this year.

     

    Through partnership with Charity Services International, NCM Crisis Care Kits that were donated in January 2011 to Veteran organizations assisted more than 5,000 veterans in New York, Florida, and Idaho.

     

    The hygiene kits aided their daily hygiene, helping veterans’ health and well-being and alleviating the cost of purchasing these necessities.

     

    Many of veterans who received the supplies are homeless or living in transitional housing. Most of them earn very low incomes and lack access to additional financial resources.  They also live in highly populated areas and their living conditions put them in close proximity to other people.

     

    “Veterans Programs serve homeless vets. Many times these vets are admitted to our programs with nothing but the clothes on their back. The hygiene kits are a very useful donation to help give the dignity back to these homeless veterans. Each Veteran regains self-sufficiency and caring for themselves is a part of that.”  said Wendy Whitescarver, Volunteers of America of Florida.

  • Neighbor To Nation

    State and Local Government Employees

    NCMI participates in State and Local giving campaigns through our federation membership with Neighbor To Nation.  NCMI can be found alphabetically in the charity guide under Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc.  Ask your Human Resources Director or the benefits person for the code number for NCMI.  In some cases you can just write our information on your pledge form.  Please check with your employer for the correct process.

     

    Neighbor To Nation works to create and support relationships between donors and volunteers and a broad spectrum of faith-based, human service and medical research charities through employee involvement campaigns. NTN specializes in Workplace Giving Campaigns in State, Local and Municipal governments, as well as Corporate interests.

     

    Neighbor To Nation participates in over 100 individual campaigns nationwide. Our participants gain an advantage with collective placement in campaign guides and increased visibility with NTN's efforts to maintain a presence at campaign events.

     

    Campaigns are geared towards helping employees of companies around the country find charities that speak to their hearts. Employees are then able to make donations to the charity(ies) of their choice through payroll deductions. The donors can choose as many or as few charities as they wish, and by allowing workplace giving, employers send a message that they not only care about their employees, but the world around them as well.

     

    Neighbor To Nation was formed in 1997 as a collaboration between Christian Service Charities, Human Service Charities of America and Medical Research Charities to provide employees across the nation with the best charities possible for their workplace giving campaigns.

     

    Workplace giving has provided millions of Americans with a reliable and efficient way to support the programs and missions in which they believe. Through workplace giving, employees of participating companies can donate portions of their salary to ensure that a child or senior citizen will receive a hot meal each day, that scientists can be much closer to a cure for diseases and ailments, or that those in need will not go unheard. Regardless of what charity is chosen by the employee, they are able to make a difference by donating funds to organizations that strive to make the world a better place.

     

    Post a Workplace Giving Flyer at your church or business.

     

    Encourage your church to include the Workplace Giving insert in the Sunday Bulletin.

     

  • Shifting the Flow

    Shifting the Flow: How Water is Helping Break the Cycle of Poverty in Swaziland Communities

    By Beth Luthye, NCM Education

     

    Poverty has no quick fixes. Cycles of poverty move under the weight of their own momentum. Lack of water leads to people’s inability to grow food. Lack of food leads to people’s inability to learn. Lack of education leads to people’s inability to work to support their families. Add to these shortages, waterborne illnesses and high HIV and AIDS prevalence, and the cycle of poverty not only turns but speeds up. In such an environment, children are left vulnerable to hunger, disease, and abandonment. And then the cycle of poverty circles on to the next generation.

    But breaking this cycle is possible. In fact, for communities in Swaziland where the church has come together to address multiple needs in multiple ways, it is already happening.

     

    A GARDEN OF CHANGE

    In Luve, Swaziland, a group of 50 women has been coming together for a couple of years to tend a garden. They prepare the soil and plant the seeds. They cultivate the crops and harvest the produce. What happens on this plot of land provides more than just their next meal—it gives the group a way to thrive beyond simply surviving.

     

    As individuals, each woman has been affected in some way by HIV and AIDS. Together, they are the Banqobi HIV/AIDS Support Group. Mary Magagula, who runs the Nazarene Home-Based Care Task Force in Swaziland through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, has been working with these women to develop and run this life-giving garden.

     

    Swaziland is one of the smallest countries in the world, yet it has the highest prevalence of HIV and AIDS. More than 26 percent of the million people living there are HIV-positive, but this rate jumps to 42 percent for women of childbearing age. Due to the disease’s prevalence, as well as other complicating factors of poverty, 15 percent of the country’s total population is comprised of children who have been orphaned or are considered vulnerable.

     

    In Swaziland, the stigma attached to those who live with HIV and AIDS is unyielding. People typically do not speak openly about their status, but if a woman is known to be living with the disease, she can lose her job and her relationships in the community. She can even be kicked out of her home.

     

    Before the garden, none of the women in the support group had enough food for her family or the means to buy it. Not only were these women desperate for a way to feed their children and grandchildren, but those living with AIDS also needed consistent nutrition to fight the opportunistic infections that often accompany the illness. Through the garden, however, they can now provide meals for their families. Selling part of the harvest at market even creates some income for them to cover other necessities, such as school fees for children. Through pooling profits, they also set aside the money they need for the next season’s planting so that the cycle of growing food and improving their daily lives can continue.

    Beyond this, the women use the fruit of their labor to care for others in their community. Some of their produce goes to support ministries for children who have been orphaned or who are vulnerable, and some goes to the Nazarene Home-Based Care Task Force to provide for other families who are affected by HIV and AIDS. The group also uses profits from selling the produce at the market to help pay for hospital care and other needs of group members who are now too sick to work in the garden.

     

    In a country extremely prone to drought, however, none of this would be possible without a water source.

     

    WATER INTERRUPTS THE CYCLE OF POVERTY

    Dr. Beauty Makhubela, NCM country coordinator for Swaziland, knows that water is one of the most critical issues in a country where 70 percent of the people live in a rural setting with little access to water.

     

    “Now that the climate has changed and there is little rain again, the crops cannot grow,” she said. “There is a need for water.”

     

    Through a grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation, NCM’s Water for a Generation project, which began in 2009, is placing solar water wells in 50 Swaziland communities over three years. Into their second year of work, they have completed 19. These wells interrupt the cycle of poverty in the communities they service.

     

    The Luve garden, for example, could not exist without a reliable water source. Since it sits on land next to a Water for a Generation system, the support group has a way to water their crops. According to Makhubela, the project’s leadership selected solar pump technology for Luve and the other water systems because many in rural areas in Swaziland cannot afford electricity. The Luve group, for example, earned about US $5,000 in their first year from their harvest—a profit that would have been significantly reduced if they had to pay US $10 a day to power an electric pump. Free from electricity costs, communities can pool their resources and save for future pump maintenance costs and repairs.

     

    HEALING WATERS

    Access to water affects health in more ways than one. According to Makhubela, Swaziland’s water crisis is compromising the quality of rural health clinics.

     

    “Most of the health workers find it risky to stay in rural clinics because of lack of safe water,” she said. “So though they may be dedicated to going [to the rural areas], they leave early to go somewhere with safe water.”

     

    Without clinics, community members have no access to treatment for HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, and other common diseases. For that reason, NCM connects all of the Water for a Generation wells to rural health clinics. Whenever possible, they also connect them to other ministries, such as schools, gardens, child development ministries, or support groups for those living with HIV and AIDS or epilepsy.

     

    According to Patience Dlamini, head nurse at the Bhalekane Nazarene Clinic, before they got a well, they struggled to keep nurses on staff because there was no water at the clinic or the nurses’ housing.

     

    “They would send tractors down to the river to collect water, but it was dirty and contaminated,” she said. “They had many cases of waterborne diseases.”

     

    But people’s health has been better since the well introduced clean water into the community. Among the greatest changes is a marked improvement in infection control. Because of its increased capacity to deliver quality care, this clinic is now a central hub for getting HIV and tuberculosis treatment to rural communities.

     

    Makhebula said that thanks to efforts like Water for a Generation, the Church of the Nazarene in Swaziland is known—and respected—for its holistic Christian approach to ministry.

     

    “The Church of the Nazarene has focused on meeting all the needs of the person,” she said. “It could not be possible to offer preaching when the person was hungry or not learned—so the church built schools when there were no schools and colleges when there were no colleges. It was the same with clinics.”

    Now the church is bringing water to the people in the name of Jesus. And in this powerful name, the cycle of poverty in Swaziland is losing momentum. The Water for a Generation wells are bringing healing waters to Swaziland communities—in the form of physical and spiritual health.

     

    “We believe that water presents life,” said Cosmos Mutowa, NCM Africa coordinator. “And as we provide this source of physical life, we remind people that in Jesus, we have a fountain whose water is living water.”

  • Combined Federal Campaign

    Federal Government Employees

    NCMI participates in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) through our federation membership with Christian Service Charities (CSC).   Look for us under our Federation name in the CFC directory.  Our CFC code number for your pledge form is #11735

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Christian Service Charities

    Campaigns are geared towards helping employees of companies around the country find charities that speak to their hearts. Employees are then able to make donations to the charity(ies) of their choice through payroll deductions. The donors can choose as many or as few charities as they wish, and by allowing workplace giving, employers send a message that they not only care about their employees, but the world around them as well.

     

    How the CFC works for Charities

    Charities that are allowed to take part in the CFC are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charities that provide health and human services. Organizations that qualify will be listed in the CFC brochure as either a local, national, or an international unaffiliated organization, or as a member of a local, national, or international federation. Charities that apply to receive funds through the CFC are required to submit to extensive yearly review of their financial and governance practices prior to acceptance.

     

    The Combined Federal Campaign applies a very strict criteria designed to ensure that donated money reaches the charities that truly fit the CFC regulations and standards. To be listed as an eligible CFC charity, an organization must, among other requirements:

    • Be tax exempt under IRS Code 501(c)(3).
    • Demonstrate that it provides services, benefits, or assistance to, or conducts activities affecting, human health and welfare.
    • Have a dedicated office that is open at least 15 hours a week, and a dedicated phone number.
    • Provide its latest IRS 990 tax return.
    • Account for its funds in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and be audited by an independent certified public accountant in accordance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS).
    • Produce and make available to the public an annual report that describes its activities and identifies its directors/governing body and chief administrative personnel.
    • Provide a information on how much of its revenue is spent on administration and fundraising. (Organizations were capped at 25 percent until the 2006 campaign, but are now allowed to spend more)
    • Be governed by a board or other similar body that is active and responsible and whose members have no material conflict of interest. A majority of this governing body must also serve without compensation.
    • Prohibit the sale or lease of CFC donor names.
    • Provide a 25 word statement of the service that they provide, which will be included in the campaign Agency Guide.
    • To qualify as a national or international group, charities must demonstrate that they provide or conduct real services, benefits, assistance or program activities in at least 15 states (counted over a three year period) or a foreign country. Local groups must similarly demonstrate their presence in the specific community.

     

    Post a Workplace Giving Flyer at your church or business.

     

    Encourage your church to include the Workplace Giving insert in the Sunday Bulletin.

     

  • United Way

    United Way fall campaigns maybe provided by non-government organizations.  If you are a non-government employee, ask your Human Resources Director or the benefits person if your company will be hosting a United Way event.  You are able to contribute using payroll deduction via United Way fall campaigns by writing on your donor choice card "NCMI, 17001 Prairie Star Parkway, Suite 100, Lenexa, KS, 66220, 800.214.4999."

     

    Each United Way office is a separate 501(c)3 organization with their own Board of Directors.  The Board has the authority to determine if their local United Way office will be open or closed, meaning they can choose to keep all donors’ funds in the local community or county or send the donors’ funds where the donor has chosen.

     

    NCMI is not one of their partner organizations because of our international status.  Thus our donors have to write in their choice to donate to NCMI.

     

    If you are thinking about giving to NCMI through your local United Way, check with them first to find out if they will send your funds outside their chosen charities.

     

    You can find your local United Office by going to www.liveunited.org/ myuw/local.cfm

     

    Post a Workplace Giving Flyer at your church or business.

     

    Encourage your church to include the Workplace Giving insert in the Sunday Bulletin.

     

  • The New Kudjip Nazarene Hospital

    The New Hospital

    Kudjip Nazarene Hospital, Papua New Guinea

    November 2009

     

    http://www.kudjipnazarenehospital.org/

     

    Though mumbled to himself, his words caught my ear, “Best hospital in Papua New Guinea - not the best facility.” As hospital administrator, I tried not to take it personally. I’d heard it from many consultants in the past two years and though coworkers and staff rarely voiced it, I knew it was something we all felt.

     

    The contractor, a highlander from across the Waghi Valley, was inspecting the sterile supply room, where water stains marked the path of least resistance from a hole in the ceiling to a tray of surgical instruments on the table below. In the medical ward, patch upon patch barely restrained the ceiling from falling. Corroded pipes crisscrossed in plain view through gaps in walls no longer deserving the title. In Kudjip, an outpost three times wetter than the rainiest city in the contiguous U.S., things tend to fall apart.

     

    Having received a $2 million grant from the Australian government, we debated how to patch every gap, replace the rotten boards, and install new electricity and plumbing. We wondered how long the repairs would last. How could we care for patients in the midst of such extensive work? As the registry of problems grew long, matched by our list of unanswered questions, it became clear, we needed a new hospital.

     

    On November 4, 2009, in a spirit of deepest gratitude and clear determination, we moved into the new Kudjip Nazarene Hospital.

     

    Countless meetings, phone calls, consultations, flights, and over 4,000 emails have dominated the past three years. The “paper trail” resembles a highway more than a trail, filling ten feet of bookshelves. Modifications, adjustments, re-scoping, and addendums have been frequent necessities.

     

    Designing a hospital for the highlands of PNG was an enormous challenge, something none of us had done before. In February 2007, I emailed my son, “I’m trying to design a new hospital,” I wrote. “It would help if I could create squares/rectangles. Do I have a computer program that will allow that?”

     

    We eventually learned how to make the required geometric shapes and then filled them with lists of contents, from power plugs to massive autoclaves. We didn’t get it exactly right every time, but with the help of consultants and a heavy dose of perseverance, those lists and those drawings have been transformed into a marvelous new hospital complex.

     

    More than meetings and documents, the new hospital is the result of tremendous commitment, sacrifice, and effort from a multitude of people with hearts of compassion and a willingness to give of themselves for the sick and injured of PNG. Mike and Diane Chapman left their homes and careers in Alaska so that Mike could serve as Project Manager. Don Strand of Medford, Oregon, came to Kudjip to share his expertise in building hospitals in developing countries. A strong work force of Papua New Guineans labored long and hard to construct the beautiful new buildings. Dr. Bob and Carol Arrom of Ohio sent 80 hospital beds. Jim Moore, Bill Wright, and Ken Thomas of Samaritan’s Purse provided, and continue to provide, technical expertise and solutions to our equipment needs. These are but a few of the names, but there have been numerous others who have given of their time and energies to bring the new hospital into existence.

     

    The vast majority of the funds for the construction of the new hospital buildings were given by the Government of Australia through the PNG Incentive Fund. The Deputy High Commissioner, Australia High Commission, John Feakes, at the dedication of the new hospital, stated "It is a great privilege for me and for Australia to share in the wonderful work being done at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital".

     

    Local communities are deeply proud and strongly supportive of the new hospital. During a recent tour of the new complex, Councillor Moro, a local leader, told me, “Now we see that our children and our grandchildren, even those not yet born, will have a hospital to care for them. It means everything to us.”

     

    The new hospital consists of seven main buildings covering 2300 square meters, built upon the former soccer field just west of the old hospital. The largest building in the new complex is the 409 square meter obstetric ward with six delivery rooms, twice the size of the old obstetric unit. Total bed capacity has been increased from 96 to 130 beds, alleviating the problem of patients sleeping on the floor. Covered walkways and tropical flowers help create a comfortable atmosphere.

     

    Whether or not we are “the best hospital in Papua New Guinea” as stated by the contractor, is for others to decide. We are committed to be the best hospital that we can be, and we are deeply grateful for our new home from which we serve.

     

  • Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc. receives four-star rating

    A U.S. charity evaluator awarded Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc. a four-star rating for its management practices.

     

    Charity Navigator, based in Glen Rock, New Jersey, rated NCMI after a review of the organization's fiscal and administrative records.

     

    "As the nonprofit sector continues to grow at unprecedented pace, savvy donors are demanding more accountability, transparency, and quantifiable results from the charities they choose to support with their hard-earned dollars," wrote Ken Berger, president and chief executive officer of Charity Navigator, in a letter to NCMI.

     

    NCMI, based on 2009 data, goes above and beyond the demand for accountability, Berger said.

     

    "NCMI is very pleased to have received this recognition for the second consecutive year," said Tom Nees, chief executive officer of NCMI. "It is a tribute to the integrity with which donations are used and efficient administration."

     

    Charity Navigator, ranked one of the top nonprofit evaluators in the U.S. by Forbes, Business Week, and Kiplinger's Financial Magazine, highlights the work of efficient charities and provides donors with information they need to make a charitable contribution.

     

    "Only 19 percent of the charities we rate have received at least two consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc. consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America," Berger wrote. "This 'exceptional' designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc. from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust."

     

    NCMI provides funds from donors outside the denomination to support Nazarene Compassionate Ministries' projects around the world. For the past three years, approximately $4 million annually has been directed to Nazarene programs responding to human suffering in the U.S. and around the world, Nees said.

     

    As a U.S. nonprofit corporation, with a board elected by the Church of the Nazarene General Board, NCMI is one of several international resource partners for Nazarene Compassionate Ministries and the Church of the Nazarene. For more information, visit the NCMI website, www.ncmi.org.

     

    Thursday, March 10, 2011

    Lenexa, Kansas

    By NCN News Staff

     

  • Swaziland launches 'Water for a Generation' Project

    The Church of the Nazarene has been in Swaziland since the turn of the century and has, over the years, established a network of services including schools, health care institutions, and colleges to serve the people. This year the Church of the Nazarene celebrates 100 years of existence in Swaziland.

     

    In light of the church's history in Swaziland, it is only fitting that on March 26 the King of Swaziland, Mswati III, recognized the role the Church of the Nazarene has played through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM) in alleviating poverty among the underprivileged and those living with HIV/AIDS in Swaziland. His acknowledgment was made at the Luve Garden during the official launch of the 'Water for a Generation' project.

     

    The project is an initiative of Coca Cola Foundation who donated funds to NCM Africa to implement the installation of state of the art wells around the country. To date, NCM has installed seven solar powered water wells in selected Swaziland communities. The Luve Garden, one of the sites for the water well project, was started by a group of care-givers and women living with HIV/AIDS under the supervision of the Nazarene Task Force led by Mary Magagula.

     

    Mswati III, in his speech to officially open the Luve Garden project, expressed joy and appreciation to the caregivers and the Church of the Nazarene and NCM for the way the garden is being managed and maintained. He also thanked the Coca Cola Foundation for funding the water well.

     

    The king and his entourage later visited the Ndwabangeni Region where he officially opened Mhlangatane Nazarene Primary School, the beneficiary of one of the new water wells. Cosmos Mutowa, NCM regional coordinator for Africa, attended this launch together with NCM representative Jim Copple and his wife, Colleen, who contributed immensely in setting up the Luve Garden.

     

    Other important visitors to the launch were government officials, including the prime minister of Swaziland, Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini, the director of Coca Cola Foundation, diplomats, church leaders, and community leaders.

     

    "We are thankful for the ways God continues to use the Church of the Nazarene and NCM in Swaziland today," said Mutowa.

     

    --Cosmos Mutowa, NCM/HHA regional coordinator for NCN News-Africa

     

    His Majesty King Mswati III

  • Kenyan Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Receive Assistance

    In May 2011 a grant of $9,000 was given to assist orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Kenya. The funds were divided between educational support, vocational support, farming projects, and income generating activities.

     

    Educational Support

    Kenyan children are required to purchase uniforms if they would like to attend school. Although uniforms only cost between $5-8, this amount of money is more than half what most parent/ grandparent caregivers make in a month. The elders that care for orphaned grandchildren in this region of Kenya are caring for an average of 4 children, some care for up to 10 children. With many mouths to feed, uniforms and clothing are often the last priority yet education is critical in the fight against HIV/AIDS devastating epidemic.

     

    In Siaya, Kisumu, Nyando, Migori, and Homabay districts 84 OVC were provided uniforms, writing books and other school supplies.

    Millicent, Rosemary, and Lillian are OVC from Alendu Primary School. Rosemary (center) was very happy to receive a new school uniform. She says, “My friends used to laugh at my torn and very old uniform. Thanks to the church that provided the money."

    Coordinator gives books to OVC

    Rael, coordinator from Kisumu, district displays the books for her district.

    Vocational Support

    Twenty-two older OVC, ages 15-17, who had already graduated from vocational training schools received capital in the form of tools in mechanics both in motor cycles and motor vehicles, dress making, carpentry, and welding. The funds purchased seven welding machines, three toolboxes and assorted tools, sewing materials, and wood for carpentry.

    Rose Akinyi (right) and Lillian Awuor (right) also received sewing materials for dress making training in Migori district (Koderobara Centre).

    Syproncia Biyaki (right), Joshua Odero (green apron, third right), and Michael Omondi (blue apron, left) receive training to be motorcycle mechanics in Kisumu.

    Catherine Atieno (background), Veril Akinyi (middle) and Millicent Akinyi are training to be motor vehicle mechanics in Kisumu. They are also training in electrical.

    Farming Projects

    During planting season, 40 very needy widow caregivers (153 OVC) were provided seeds. These widows had already received training on good farming techniques, plowed their land and gathered manure in preparation for planting. The seeds were of maize, beans, tomatoes, and cowpeas.

    Seed distribution in Migori district.

     

    Charles Owino, caregiver of four from Simenya centre in Siaya district, is uprooting weeds from  Margarate’s garden due to her illness. Margarate had received maize seeds to plant in this garden.

    There were 100 widow caregivers (389 OVC) who received new hoes or “jembes” for planting. The handle of hoes were fixed for 25 caregivers. These caregivers had seeds from their previous planting season, as well as fertilizer.

    A group of caregivers from Luru centre in Siaya district is tilling their land using the farm tools (hoes or ‘jembes’) that were provided.

    Income Generating Activities (IGAs)

     

    Water guard Distribution

    Three groups of OVC caregivers were provided 50 boxes of water guard to be used as an IGA. Each small bottle cost Kshs 15.00 and resells at Kshs 20.00.

    NCM staff (right) provides water guard

     

    Poultry Keeping

    One group of 75 OVC caregivers (300 OVC) were provided 250 broilers and the group was able to provide all necessary supplies to ensure the IGA will be successful.

    Sarah from Kisumu district is vaccinating broilers.

     

    Goat Keeping

    Eighteen older OVC, ages 15-17, had already been trained in animal husbandry were provided with one goat each.

     

  • Being HIV positive is not a Death Sentence

    Her name is Tsehay Asmamaw, born in 1978 in Illuababora.  She still lives in Illuababora zone Metu Town, which is located 600km away from Addis Ababa.  Due to the death of her father on whom the whole family depends to survive, she stopped her education and was forced to get married.  However, her marriage was without screening for HIV as she was hurried to continue her education and support her brothers and sisters.

     

    Her husband died of AIDS leaving her with two little children under six years old.  Soon after his death she was seriously sick and had become bed ridden.  In line with this she suspected HIV in her blood and knew that she and her two children to be HIV positive.  Due to the impact of the virus she couldn’t even perform her duty as a cleaner and was terminated from her job losing a monthly salary of 150 birr ($11.17 USD).  This in turn created a great burden on the survival of her family.   Besides, she couldn’t get anyone to visit and care for her or her family.  She was alone and confined to an uncomfortable room.  Because she was passing everything on her bed for a long period of time it caused intense foul smell.    In a weaken state her immune system collapsed and she weighed only 30 kg (66 lbs).

     

    Can we image how much Teshay was suffering and how miserable it must have been for her?

     

    It was at that critical time, one of our Home-Based care givers found and brought her to the PEPFAR funding project at Metu Town.  Since then, she has received psychological, spiritual, nutritional, and hygiene care and products support through regular home visits from Home-Based Care givers and trained religious leaders.  Moreover her eldest child was supported with a school kit and a uniform.  As a result of that support, her normal health was restored and she became well enough to perform activities any healthy person could.  She currently earns 1600 ETB ($119.173 USD) per month working as an Anti- AIDS Association Leader as compared to zero ETB which she used to get because she was bed ridden.  She is now enjoying life along with her children due to the improved health status and the better income she receives.

     

    Her testimony in her own words:

    Tsehay says, “It was fortunate that I survived through Home based care giver from Fayyaa Integrated Development Organization who found and gave me regular home-based care with project support and also took me to Metu Kari Hospital where I got treatment for opportunistic infections.  At that time Stigma used to be the biggest killer in the community as most of people were scared to get tested and declare their status but now thanks to Palliative care project which offered us tremendous help and education.  Today I counsel patients with HIV/AIDS like me and help them to overcome the shock of discovering a virus they have.  Therefore, in metu patients trust me when I tell them being HIV positive is not a death sentence because they know I survived and lead better lie today.”

     

     

    This Palliative Care project restored the lives of PWHA (People with HIV/AIDS) in Ethiopia.

     

    ETB (birr) Ethiopian currency

  • Kenya Youth Employment and Empowerment Initiative

    USAID awards $210,000 to NCMI and African Nazarene University to promote education, job training, job creation, and moral development of youth in Kenya.

     

    http://kenyayouth.org/

     

    Each year 750,000 Kenyan youth graduate secondary school and are thrust into a job market that can only accommodate one-third of them. In addition, most graduates have not obtained the necessary trade skills to compete in the job market, let alone to build a worthwhile business for themselves. This leaves 500,000 new youth each year with a limited capacity to improve their economic welfare, enhance their quality of life or improve the community around them.

     

    Kenya is a key nation for the security of the entire region and an economic powerhouse on the continent. A lack of economic opportunity in the country leads to economic and political unrest threatening the future development of this vital and rich nation.  Education, business development, government integrity and reform, and the moral foundations of the country’s constitutional democracy are strongly interconnected and are essential for economic, political and social development. There is a strong sense of urgency to do something now to empower, engage, and employ Kenya’s youth.

     

    NCMI, in partnership with Africa Nazarene University (ANU), has been awarded $210,000 from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to assist with the design and implementation of the Kenya Youth Empowerment and Employment Initiative.  The grant requires NCMI to provide a one-to-one match.

     

    The Initiative is a two-year effort that will promote education, job training, job creation, and moral development.

     

    The oversight of the Initiative will be managed by ANU with support from NCMI. Their leadership will provide the necessary reporting, support, follow up, and accountability to all participants throughout the two-year initiative.

     

    Update:

     

    The Summit Launch Event was successfully held March 2-3, 2010 at the Safari Park Hotel on the north side of Nairobi. The summit was attended by over 300 leaders from government, business, education, and faith and community-based organizations. The result is the Blueprint for Action, which outlines the responses to the problem of youth unemployment and underdevelopment in Kenya.

  • Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc. receives $3 million

    Friday, September 4, 2009

     

    Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc. (NCMI) Director Tom G. Nees announced the reception of a $3 million grant for at-risk youth mentoring. The $3 million will be distributed among 17 Compassionate Ministry Centers in the U.S. during the next three years.

     

    Nees praised the efforts of Althea Taylor, Jerry Appleby, Colleen Copple, Miles Zinn, and others on the NCMI team for the challenging assignment of putting the grant application together in very limited time.

     

    Kara McDonagh, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in Washington, D.C. congratulated Nees and NCMI on their reception of this national mentoring award grant.

     

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced more than $129 million in Recovery Act and Fiscal Year 2009 funds have been awarded for mentoring services to help prevent at-risk youth from becoming involved in delinquency. The grants will also preserve and create jobs throughout the U.S.

     

    MentorPairActionLindseyBriana.jpgThe Recovery Act, signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama, provided the Office of Justice Programs' Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) with more than $85 million for national mentoring programs to reduce juvenile delinquency, violence, gang participation, school failure, and dropout rates.

     

    Nees expressed gratitude for this grant and pledged the untiring efforts of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc. to facilitate its distribution to Nazarene compassionate ministry centers.

     

    NCMI seeks to address three problems of at-risk-youth mentoring programs: 1) youth access to high quality mentoring services, 2) organization access to mentoring best practices, training, and 3) technical assistance, and a framework to assess, describe and improve performance.  NCMI will do this by strengthening the capacity of 10 implementing sites and 7 capacity building sites through access to increased resources to hire skilled staff, training and technical assistance around evidence-based best practices, and support for the monitoring and evaluation process to document improved outcomes for youth.

     

    -NCN News (All funds expressed in U.S. dollars)

  • NCM Inc Transforming Lives

    Half a world away, NCM Inc is transforming lives thanks to the support of donors like you. Anbessu Tolla, Executive Director of FAYYA Integrated Development Association (FIDA), recently traveled from his home in Ethiopia to NCM Inc headquarters and was full of stories highlighting the work your donations and grants make possible.

     

    “In my country,” Tolla began, “there are many youths without work, without a job.”  Some at the Centre for the Study of African Economies now estimate that nearly 50% of men living in urban areas are unemployed. This staggering number does little to show the impact this number has on the community and the lives of its members.  “How it is devastating,” Tolla explains, “when a community, most of them are youths who do not have jobs. The crime rate will go high and juvenile delinquency is there, and a lot of problems.”

     

    Beyond crime, there are even more deadly consequences lurking in the shadows haunting the jobless in these Ethiopian communities.  “If the youths don’t have a place to spend time and a way to generate income they could become infected with HIV/AIDS or fall to a drug addition. They are vulnerable to many different things.”

     

    In these communities, FIDA’s programs are changing the lives of many individuals.  With brick and mortar, FIDA is building a brighter future for the community. “We built a high school with the help of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc and the Japanese Embassy.”  Now children in the area can go to school, learning necessary skills to gain employment. Some in the community find work as teachers and in other positions at the school.  Tolla clarifies, “We built the high school, but we don’t have equipment, laboratory equipment, books, computers and more.  We don’t have these things.  Still we are looking for funding possibilities to equip the students.” Imagine, a high school filled with eager students, truly wanting to learn, but empty hands because there are no funds for books.

     

    For older youths in the community, FIDA is still working on programs, like a youth center that will teach vocational skills like woodworking and metal fabrication. “We have to try and tackle this problem of unemployment and prepare youths for work, we have to try.”  FIDA secured property for the youth center from the local government. UNICEF has promised $1 million in funds to furnish the youth center with the tools and supplies necessary for learning skills. The lot still stands open and the youth center only exists in the plans that FIDA has made. “We are looking for a fund now; to build a youth center building. If we are successful, at least we can reduce a threat from the community.”

     

    As my time with Anbessu end, he says, “So now we have many plans to achieve and many roads to go through getting there, and we need partners.”

     

    For organizations committed to empowering young people, NCM Inc supported programs like FIDA offer a great opportunity.  Invest in the future with NCM Inc today.

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