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St. Cloud and Homa Bay Dioceses have now entered into two joint projects – the first was the Metal Silo Project, and the second the Child Survival Project.  This most recent project invited both dioceses to hope for and work towards bettering the lives of young people affected by HIV/AIDS in their families.

When the partnership between Homa Bay, Kenya and St. Cloud, Minnesota began, it began with a joint project coordinated by Catholic Relief Services (the Metal Silo Project), the positive effects of which are still being seen and felt in Kenya and beyond today. When that project period ended, however, the Leadership Teams of both diocese began dialoguing about other projects that could be equally as beneficial to our two dioceses and that would match the gifts and needs of both. The result, determined in 2007, was the Child Survival Project.

The goal of the Child Survival Project was to assist those young people in the Homa Bay Diocese who have been hit by the affects of HIV/AIDS in their families. Although AIDS is a serious problem throughout the world, and throughout the African continent, the prevalence rate in the Homa Bay region of Kenya is higher than anywhere else in the country, and many places throughout the African continent. For this reason, the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programs that CRS has in place within the area were still not enough for the vast need, and hence St. Cloud agreed to help raise funds to support efforts in the Homa Bay Diocese to educate and assist around this issue.

The activities of the Child Survival Project included education for young adults who had lost parents to AIDS, and therefore were responsible to care for their younger siblings. These students were sponsored in their education, specifically in tertiary education and vocational training, so that they could prepare for a career in order to earn income for their families. Examples included masonry work, catering, tailoring, carpentry, and nursing, just to name a few. The average cost of educating one of these students for a year was $400 US dollars.  These education fees, as well as education and social work/community support for the orphans totaled $25,000 per year for the project, which St. Cloud Diocese helped raise for a commitment period of five years.

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The project was implemented in Homa Bay Diocese in 2010, after a lot of hard work by the Homa Bay Diocese and Catholic Relief Services of Kenya to determine the best use of resources and best way to bring about positive change. St. Cloud is proud to have walked with Homa Bay in this effort to help bring about a better life for these young people and their families, and as a result for their entire community and church!

Thank you and GOD bless all of you who offered your support and generosity towards the Child Survival Project and our the young people of our partner diocese!


 

 

At this time, as the Child Survival Project has completed its five-year period, and there is currently no joint project taking place.  If you have feedback, questions or concerns regarding the Child Survival Project as our two diocesan leadership teams evaluate the project and look towards the future of our partnership and whether or not that means any new joint projects, please contact the Mission Office.

 


 

Learn more about the Child Survival Project by reading the child_survival_overview (PDF)

Read an article on the project in our Winter 2015 Newsletter  (PDF)

Or check out a recent update with photos from the 2013 delegation to Homa Bay