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Tony Blair’s Speech June 14, 2019 Day of the African Child

D.A.C. SPEECH BY CHILD GUEST: TONY BLAIR   “It is with utmost humility that today we commemorate the Day of the African Child on the 14th of June 2019. We are saddened when we recount tales of the departed souls who died at the hands of the brutal officers while defending their rights. This day came to be remembered as the Day of the African Child after hundreds of school-going children marched the streets of Soweto on June 16th 1976 protesting the poor quality of education i.e. Black Education Act. Hundreds of students were shot and killed by merciless security officers for a period of two weeks. It was the biggest inhumane treatment done to the African child, leave alone slavery. And since 1991 we came together to mourn together with the families of the departed. And for that reason let’s observe a moment of silence for the departed souls. Despite the challenges that led to the day of the African Child, we look back and are amazed by the biggest strides Africa has made towards the betterment of the African Child. Kenya was the first country in Africa to have the Children Act in the Constitution 2001.This Act legally protects the child and supports his or her best interest. The African Child can also have access to basic free primary education in Kenya and a subsidised secondary education. What best way can a child realise his/her dreams if not through education? We are also grateful for other NGOs for supporting the government in supporting the children through education and provision of social amenities. The greater Suba, we are not short of them. Our indebt gratitude to them. For every child who is in this event or wherever, you are loved by God, by every face you see here and where you come from. That’s human so I request you child who is here to show love and compassion for your fellow when he or she lacks food and you got some share with him or her and whatever. Just as Jesus loved the children, let our parents do the same. What are the parents cultivating in us when they fight every day at our sight? Please parents, in whatever circumstances of disagreement in the family, please keep off the child. It brings them torture and humiliation. Parents love your children as if they are the only worldly possessions you got. Our leaders, in whatever policies you make, let the children’s interests be paramount. As Nelson Mandela said, ‘One of the ways we can build a better future for the children is by empowering them through allowing them to speak for themselves, although the adults must guide them and take ultimate responsibility.’ I say that’s quite different from patronising them. The rights of the children must importantly include the right to be themselves and talk for themselves. When this is strictly taken into action from the basic unit, then we are going to live the dream of Mahatma Gandhi of seeing every child smile in Africa. When funds meant for the children are given to the children, then that’s the first humanitarian action. I tell you, the next thing after religion is humanity, just as Jesus showed compassion and humanity to children. When Baby Pendo was shot during the violence that occurred after the election, all Kenyans with different ideologies united in support of an African child, so you woman, who kills an innocent  child through abortion, I tell you if you are not ready to care for the innocent child then use contraceptives provided freely by the government. And you man, what’s the fun in being called a...
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An Overcomer We Love! October 1 2018

Dear Saints, When Don talks about the complexity of nature and the ecological interdependence of life, the wisdom and care of God in His creation amaze me. God also has complex interventions to reverse disaster in His creation for the sake of His beloved mankind. You hold an essential niche, play an important part in His works. This unfolding story tells it. David’s dad was rich and owned many cattle. David dreamed of a career in medicine. Because of the political situation, the family decided to move from Tanzania over the border to Kenya, and David’s father left his cattle in the care of some friends. The family moved into Gera Valley, a fertile, well-watered area not far from Lake Victoria. After settling his family on the new property, the father went back to collect his cattle, but found all had been rustled, and the family’s resources were gone. Powerful witch doctors held a reign of fear in the area where they now lived. They threatened David’s family members that they would curse any young people who dared to go to secondary school. David watched his cousins who went on to high school fall prey to this curse and die. Still he longed for a good education and set himself to go on to school. He put his trust in God and made it! But just as David was ready for college, his father died and so did the dream of furthering his education. David also watched Gera Valley die. The inhabitants of the valley began to cut down trees for fuel, for building, to make room for agriculture. The once fertile area became arid and desolate as soil eroded and streams dried up. A river that once provided for 100,000 people dwindled to nothingness. Elders and witch doctors in the area sacrificed to the giant pythons in order to bring back the rain. It didn’t work! David pursued God with a heart hungry to help the suffering people around him. The intervention came this way: • Through Kenya Islands Mission, David was able to enroll in the University of the Nations courses in Discipleship and Environment and Resource Stewardship which gave David the opportunity to learn what to do. • From that, at SEEK, David is taking advantage of opportunities on many fronts to lead people to the knowledge and attitudes needed for change. Then gently, humbly, kindly he brings them to the understanding of God’s desire to see them prosper through wise environmental practices and lives of integrity and faith. Some of the things that David is addressing: Diarrhea is the number 1 killer in Kenya, and sadly mostly in children under 5 –needlessly! In Suba, subsistence farming has been inadequate, weakening the communities. Fishing has been drastically reduced. Treatments for malaria and worms eat up 25% of the local family budget. These are just a few of the things that threaten to destroy lives… BUT FOR YOU as you support David’s work! An example, to fight the endemic malaria, the government handed out mosquito nets and an insecticide dip, but people ended up doing such things as using the nets to catch fish….the tiny holes mean baby fish are caught, reducing populations of fish…. and others have used the insecticide to commit suicide. BUT where David conducted participatory training on malaria so that a community knew what caused it and how to deal with it effectively, the incidence of malaria and deaths from it decreased substantially. THANK YOU FOR GIVING DAVID THESE OPPORTUNITIES. IT WORKS! More than 600 children every week are being discipled in environmental school clubs in the love of God and life skills,...
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Good Job

  SEEK staff recently visited Kadem/Golgotha to encourage the work of young men in reforestation. Peter Okudo commented, “It is a good effort in an area that seriously needs trees. Hope the visit by SEEK(Hezron, Nick, Peter and David) will continue triggering their...
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Amazing Widows

Mary Obado at SEEK with the widows she ministers to have formed the Arise Deborah widows group which met December 1st for prayer. These women have been selling homemade soap, and their customers as well as women from local churches joined them. More than 50 ladies, including SEEKs Magnificent Scholars, had a powerful time praying for peace in Kenya, the countrys leadership, their families, the children of Suba and many other items of concern. The Lords presence was tangible. Many testimonies have been coming in of Gods faithfulness in providing remarkable answers to these women’s earnest...
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Trading Desperation for Hope July 2017

Trading Desperation for Hope, Stability   No sign that a crisis was coming! There was a busy schedule at SEEK this week because of the Business Training going on. Meanwhile Youth and Environmental Education Staff were responding to requests from High Schools. While at Nyabera Girls Secondary School, Hezron, Nick, Paul and Peter were facilitating formation of an environmental club, tree nursery establishment, tree planting, and composting. Peter felt SEEK staff gave great presentations, but as they moved to the field for practical demonstration of tree planting, Nick asked Peter to go before him alongside the children because he felt weak and dizzy. After planting a few trees, he was notified that his colleague was unwell. Peter and Hezron watched in horror and fear as Nick vomited large amounts of blood.  Hezron, Peter and Paul drove him to the nearest health facility and then on 3 hours to Aga Khan Hospital (a  good one) in Kisumu. Nick miraculously arrived alive, and was admitted to ICU. His fellows waited til past 3 a.m. to see if he would make it. Nick was operated on and is recovering gradually. Nurses there told them many people with the same condition do not make it, but they believe all your prayers brought him through. He is about to be released to a ward, and his wife Elizabeth is with him. Praise God! Thank you! The staff cancelled all the other scheduled high school talks because they were so tired. They barely slept that night, and the day had been packed with activities. Looking at the current reports from the Secretary of the UN: catastrophic combination of conflict, high food prices and drought has left more than 11 million people in desperate need. There is famine in Somalia. I hear the most harrowing reports from our UN teams on the ground. Somali refugees, their cattle and goats dead from thirst, walking for weeks to find help in Kenya and Ethiopia. What does this have to do with you dear people? You are part of the activities SEEK staff were reporting and more, making Kenya a more stable place in which its young people living in difficulties and deprivation are receiving care, direction, skills to turn their environment and situation around. You are giving kind people with the necessary gifts and education opportunity to make a difference. You are helping Kenya be a place refugees can go to instead of a place spewing out refugees.  For 20 years Kenya Islands Mission, SEEK, has been part of the efforts to extend love, faith, practical skills to desperate people, giving a hand up to a better future.  As lives are changed, so changes the atmosphere of the area. People who live by faith and experience God’s goodness are more stable and freer. When they learn skills for a way forward, they take it. For example, when Marcy and her mom came to SEEK this January she was at the point of suicide and her mother so stressed that she was incoherent. After Mary Obado, head of SEEK widows ministry, encouraged her and prayed over her, the mom felt better, and she and Marcy received the Lord. Now through you and SEEK, Marcy is learning in school, finding friends who really care, learning life skills to help her anticipate and attain a good future. They are both attending church where they have a community of support. Through this ministry children are having fun while they learn, becoming a force instead of victims. As school kids and community folks learn about the environment through experiences in agro forestry and organic gardening, they participate in restoring their communities and climate...
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