Sub-Saharan Africa Project
Saint James College Seminary
As many as 40% of the young
children in sub-Saharan Kenya
have no parents as the older
generation has dies of AIDS.
These children are living on their
own and need help!
A Note Just Received from a Young Man:
Having just graduated from
high school in Kenya with our
financial support, we received
the following from Timothy
"Every day I stop to think of BUILDING AN ORPHANAGE: We are working to help construct an orphanage in Kenya's Funyla
someone who is important to
my life. It is you people! I try
to imagine how I can return
back what I have myself been
given. But the best reward I
can give now is to pray for
you and never to disappoint
you in my life. I want to hear
your voices again! Thank
district. This nearly-desert, poverty-stricken, Sub-Saharan section of Kenya. Villagers have
virtually no financial resources and their poverty is so complete that, quite literally, the very clothes
on their backs come from donations from U.S. folks like you.
NO MONEY, NO STORES: The people of this district have no money to buy their own clothing but,
in a sadly ironic way, it doesn't matter. There are no stores of any kind in the village.
Saint James College and our sister school, The Women's College Seminary, have been working
together to do three things:
1) Pay High School tuition for an AIDS orphan: Help
to get local children into high school (for which one has
to pay tuition in Kenya)
2) Pharmacy School tuition: To help with payment of
tuition to professional schools in Nairobi, such the young
woman we helped graduate from pharmacy school
3) Build an home for AIDS Orhpans: C.O.C.E. has
arranged to purchase a plot of land upon which to build
the orphanage. This has been no easy task considering
the incredible log jam of bureaucratic paperwork...
and bribes...that he had to navigate!
But, now, assistance from friends and supporters is needed in order to proceed with
The men contracted AIDS and infected their
wives and girlfriends ... Now the little
children have no parents
- Seven year old kids are trying to raise their five
year old (and younger) siblings alone with no
home, little food, and no resources
- The staple food is Ugali, a pasty mixture of water, cassava
root, and kale, all of which the terribly poor residents can
collect in the wild. With a sort of vegetable stew mixture, it is
called Sukuma Wiki, or "Until the End of the week" since it has
to last that long. In "wealthier" areas, Ugali may be made with
cornmeal instead of cassava root, but this is an unattainable
luxury for the people of Funyla
- The local people fortunate enough to have a hut prepare
their food in pots on the floor as they do not have tables
- There is no central water supply. Villagers have to carry water three miles
in jugs from a small, unclean, stream. This same water is used for bathing
and doing laundry. (A few homes have cisterns but these are of limited
use due to the fact that the area is plagued by seven months of virtually
total drought out of every twelve.)
- There is a small hospital in a neighboring village of Nangina, about eight miles away.
Although the hospital has been assisted by Doctors Without Borders, their mission is
temporary and they must leave. There is no technology at this hospital...no x-ray machine...
for example. If you wish to stay there, you must carry your own bedding from your own
village. You do not want to get sick or injured in this region! You may begin to see why so
many adults stricken by AIDS have died. HIV infection is a death sentence for the patient...
and often for those who have depended with their very lives on the person who is doomed to
- There is no electricity, no radio, no television.
- And, until this project is completed in conjunction with the Coalition for Orphan Care and
Education, there is no provision whatsoever to care for the little children left destitute and
homeless by the AIDS epidemic.
Thanks to ww.fg-a.com/african_art_ba.shtml
for use of the African Batik
One hundred percent of all donations received for this
orphanage project are sent to the Coalition for Orphan
Care and Education. None is retained by Saint James
College Seminary or its parent organization, The Love
Our Sub-Saharan Africa
Project is designed to
research Project Data on
African AIDS Orphans and
to help build orphanages