This update is written by Chris and Krystal Settlemoir, who are working with Missions of Hope International in Nairobi, Kenya. To learn more about their missionary efforts, contact Doug Oakes.
We want to give you a quick update on a recent event. Last Saturday, there was a fire in Bondeni, one of the communities that MOHI serves. The fire spread fast and ended up burning down one of our school buildings. We praise God that there were no casualties or major injuries. Below is the official statement with more details and a link to a video I made. Please keep MOHI in your prayers as we work to recover from such a setback. We know God has bigger and better plans in store.
On Saturday, February 17, a devastating fire broke out in the Bondeni community. Over 170 families were affected and the metal structure at our Bondeni school was destroyed. This building contained 18 classrooms which served 694 students. Desks, textbooks, and other school supplies were also lost in the fire. The total damage is estimated at $300,000. We thank God no one was injured and that our permanent building, which is under construction, was not damaged.
Our greatest concern is that the students return to school as quickly as possible. Starting Wednesday, February 21, Bondeni’s eighth grade students will report to Pangani and the second and third grade students will report to makeshift classrooms at Kosovo. The remaining displaced students will occupy makeshift classrooms in Bondeni. Although this is not a sustainable solution, we feel it’s the best short-term plan because it provides minimal delays in our students’ education and feeding programs.
How You Can Help
We have a great and urgent need to rebuild classrooms and create a conducive learning environment for our students. Should you feel prompted to give, funds will immediately go toward:
- Constructing classrooms
- Building desks
- Purchasing textbooks and other school supplies
Funds can be given at http://cmfi.org/BondeniFire
We greatly appreciate your thoughts, prayers, and gifts towards this great need. Whether you are near or far, thank you for being a part of the Bondeni community.