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Care of Creation

Care of Creation

Care of Creation

Region:

Africa

Country:

Kenya

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. John Waldrep, M.M.

The reforestation project will take place in 20-30 outstations of St. John the Baptist Parish. Two types of drought-resistant trees will be planted. The trees will bring various nutritional and socio-economic benefits to the local population. The second part of this proposal is for a solar pump for a well in St. John the Baptist Parish. In 2015, the Society funded the drilling of a well in the Parish. That well is now the main water source for the surrounding community. Fossil fuels are used to power the pump. Shifting to a solar pump will protect the environment and relieve the community of the costs entailed by purchasing diesel. If the trees survive, the tree project will become self-sustaining. The well has already been a self-sustaining project. The solar pump will enhance the well’s durability.

This care of creation project is for sustainable trees in the semi-arid area of Kibwezi in southeastern Kenya and a solar pump for a well. The Moringa Oleifera tree can provide a source of nutrition to community members, especially during the dry seasons, and the use of a solar pump will eliminate the need for fossil fuels to power the power.

Mission Outreach Programs

Mission Outreach Programs

Mission Outreach Programs

Region:

Africa

Country:

Kenya

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. John Waldrep, M.M.

For several years, the Region has been sending teams of university students to serve in impoverished, pastoralist, marginalized areas of northern Kenya: Turkana, Isiolo, Marsabit, and Pokot. The teams assist in parishes for 4-6 weeks and carry out educational, catechetical, women’s empowerment programs, and health programs in the parishes. Two mission teams of medical, nursing, public health, and pharmacy students volunteer for medical ministry in Turkana, northwestern Kenya. University students will offer tutoring in parish schools for primary and secondary school students. They will assist catechists in providing religious instruction. They will offer health education in matters of diet, hygiene, maternal health, children’s health, human sexuality, and HIV prevention. Medical, nursing, and pharmacy students will assist in parish dispensaries. Students in agriculture and animal husbandry will offer training on small-scale agriculture and livestock development.

Your support will give student participants the experience of mission for a new understanding of themselves as agents of evangelization by living our Catholic faith. Fr. John Waldrep wants to assist parishes in northern Kenya with their educational, catechetical, women’s, and health outreach programs.

Aid to Women and Children

Aid to Women and Children

Aid to Women and Children

Region:

Africa

Country:

Kenya

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. John Waldrep, M.M.

Fr. John Waldrep has developed a system to assist women meet their expenses and start some small on-the-street businesses (fruit and vegetable stands, fast food stands, and stands for small domestic items and beauty products) that enable them to meet their expenses and move away from commercial sex work. The second part of this project is maternal assistance to pregnant secondary school young women and university women. Pregnant university students are denied on-campus accommodations soon after the first trimester. In addition to meeting the costs of pre-natal care, they must pay rent and utilities, prepare to cover delivery costs, purchase baby clothes, and buy food. Often, families refuse to assist pregnant students and insist on ending the pregnancy.

With your help, women will be able to establish small on-the-street businesses and meet their daily needs for food, housing, education and medical care for their children. Pregnant young women will be able to attend secondary school and university students will continue their studies.

“Everywhere we are touched by the triumph of the human spirit and enriched by encountering people’s faith experience. We join with them announcing the healing, reconciling and liberating Jesus.”

– Maryknoll’s mission vision, Maryknoll Magazine Welcome Issue, circa 1996-2002

Well, St. Gokeharaka Outstation, Kehansha Parish

Well, St. Gokeharaka Outstation, Kehansha Parish

Well, St. Gokeharaka Outstation, Kehansha Parish

Region:

Africa

Country:

Kenya

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. John Waldrep, M.M.

This project is for the drilling and equipping of a well at Gokeharaka Outstation of Kehancha Parish, Kuria, Diocese of Homa Bay, in southwestern Kenya. The well will be located on land registered with the Ministry of Lands as owned by Kehancha Parish: Currently, the local community relies on unprotected springs, streams, and hand-dug wells for water. Consequently, water-borne illnesses such as typhoid and chronic diarrhea are endemic in the parish. Newborns and children are especially hard hit by these illnesses. With your help, Fr. John hopes to reduce the burden on women and girls by making access to safe and clean water much easier and less labor intensive, reduce the incidence of water borne-diseases through the provision of potable water, and reduce the impact of water unavailability on children’s, especially women’s, education.

Fr. John Waldrep and his project will benefit the local population of 3,600 with access to a safe water supply. The well will enhance hygiene in the area and improve health standards, and the accessibility of clean water will enhance educational opportunities for children and allow women more time for agricultural and business pursuits.

Well, St. Francis of Assisi Outstation, Ngaikini

Well, St. Francis of Assisi Outstation, Ngaikini

Well, St. Francis of Assisi Outstation, Ngaikini

Region:

Africa

Country:

Kenya

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. John Waldrep, M.M.

This project is for the drilling and equipping of a well at St. Francis of Assisi Outstation, Ngaikini, in the semi-arid region of Kibwezi in southeastern Kenya. The well is located on 3.5 acres fully registered with the Ministry of Lands and owned by the Catholic Church.  St. Francis Outstation is located near a small village of 500 inhabitants that is also a market area for local produce. The nearest major source of water is the Athi River, approximately 20 km away. There are no other water sources, namely, dammed reservoirs or piped water.

You can help Fr. John Waldrep with successful drilling of the well at St. Francis of Assisi Outstation, Ngaikini, and the availability of water for over 8,000 students and townspeople.

ABOUT MARYKNOLL

We are a Catholic Society of priests and brothers based in the United States. We are dedicated to missionary work overseas in over 20 countries. Additionally, we animate Catholics in the United States to follow their own baptismal call to share God’s compassion and love with the poor, the sick, and all those in need.

OUR GENERAL COUNCIL

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Fr. James M. Lynch, Fr. Lam M. Hua, Fr. Lance P. Nadeau, Fr. Timothy O. Kilkelly)

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is overseen by our General Council, led by Superior General Rev. Lance P. Nadeau, M.M.

OUR FOUNDERS

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Our Co-Founders Father Price and Father Walsh)

PLACES WE SERVE

EVANGELIZATION, PARISHES, AND PROJECTS

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STORIES OF MISSION

(Africa) Education and Formation of African Clergy

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Africa Region will provide tuition assistance to African clergy, male and female religious at institutes of higher education or specialized training. Read More

Stories of Our Global Mission

The calling of a lifetime

The life of a Maryknoll missioner is challenging, fulfilling, and deeply rewarding. Follow your baptismal call to mission by sharing God’s compassion with the poor, the sick, and people most in need.

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier
“Go where you are needed but not wanted, and stay until you are wanted but not needed.”
– Bishop James E. Walsh, M.M.
First Maryknoll Bishop