What inspires you to give?
In our daily lives simple changes and decisions can impact others around the world in great ways. Read below to see how the youngest member of our recent documentary team, college student Amanda Bates, has chosen to advocate and raise funds for the people she met in the Mathare Valley and Kibera slums in Kenya. See how God was revealed to Amanda through this trip and how she has sought to respond since her return.
Fact: In Kenya, bribery payments make up a third of the average household budget.
Essentials such as education, health care services, and jobs are in many cases denied to the people that are already living in poverty as they cannot compete with the bribes distorting the market. Basic needs of the people can also be ignored thus perpetuating the cycle of poverty in the years to come. The issue of corruption is multifaceted and demands correction so that Kenya as a country may grow in development, and that the people will experience equal opportunity.
In August of this year, Kenya will be voting on either the adoption or rejection of a new constitution. As one can easily imagine, the campaigning both for and against the draft constitution has been passionate and at times heated.
Last weekend, a coalition of churches joining together for a prayer rally against the constitution was dispersed by the detonation of a series of grenades. The blast led to a stampede in which six were killed and more than 100 were injured. It is still under question as to who was responsible for the incident. To read more about the incident check out the most recent reports from BBC News.
FACT: HIV/AIDS Effects 33 Million people world wide, with 70% living in Africa.
It was a hot and sunny Friday afternoon in Makeuni, Kenya. Having already spent two days in this rural community we had become quite accustomed to the long bumpy van rides to our unknown destination. On this particular day we were briefed that we would be attending an HIV/AIDs support group meeting.
“It isn’t what you look at that matters, it is what you see.” (Henry David Thoreau) This paradox challenged our team while we filmed in the heart of poverty in Mathare Valley, a slum of Nairobi. Yes, the poverty is obvious to anyone who looks, however, it takes one who can really ‘see’ to observe. Our perception of a slum tends to be great need, and unrelenting poverty. Yes, there is a great need in Mathare. However, we also observed neighbors helping one another, men and women departing for another days work, and small shop fronts selling goods daily as we entered the slums for another day of filming. We observed faith, hope, entrepreneurship, family, and community even in the midst of such impoverished surroundings.