Operation Give Hope’s mission is a Christ-centered ministry that reaches out to all faiths to provide for spiritual and physical needs in Mombasa, Kenya.
One of our current projects is a Vocational, Educational, and Pregnancy Crisis Center
•1 in every 39 women in Kenya die from pregnancy related causes. •13,000 of Kenya girls drop out of school every year due to pregnancy. •Girls are more afraid of carrying a pregnancy to term than contracting HIV/AIDS as at least they still have help and counseling if they have HIV. •over 300,000 abortions occur in Kenya each year due to these problems. Though abortion is illegal except in very limited circumstances, a large number are being performed annually and most of them are performed in girls inside our target age group. o73% of abortions are occurring in girls 20-34. oAnother 16% are occurring in girls under 20. o40% of the women dying due to abortion are under 20.
MISSION STATEMENT: Provide spiritual, psychological, and social counseling, shelter, food, healthcare, and/or build income capacity through education and life skills trainings for girls/women in crisis pregnancies and before.
VISION: Hope empowered resources of support, education, development and transformation for women/girls.
Summary of need.
UNICEF, and a read of the daily papers in Kenya, show the infant mortality rate is extremely high and from 1990 through 2008 was on the rise not the fall. Go to a baby orphanage and almost all the babies are found on the side of the road or in a bush or a pit latrine. Baby abandonment is also a huge problem in Kenya.
World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that the location of the work, the coast of Kenya, is the most needy area in all of Kenya. Their studies show the coast has:
a. teen pregnancy rates that are highest in all of Kenya;
b. lowest use of health care facilities in the country;
c. highest rate of stillborn and early neonatal deaths;
d. lowest contraceptive use.
Various studies by the University of Nairobi on abortion and maternal death in pregnancy show that education about sexuality as well as education about the options in pregnancy and their risks are very needed services. See stats above.
HOW DO WE KNOW THERE IS A NEED
Author and project co-founder/director, Carrie Reichartz reports:
“I started my blog in October 2010 and within a day or two a Kenyan girl had contacted me indicating she was pregnant and didn't know what to do. She was in school and she was going to get kicked out of her house and school if they found out she was pregnant. That started me searching for her and to God for answers. There is no such thing as a pregnancy crisis center in Mombasa. I have spoken with several people on the topic, from pastors to lawyers to government officials, they all indicate there is nothing of the sort, except a place that refers you to underground abortion clinics.”
Our organization has a large network already through Reverend Jane Jilani and her connections to area churches, mosques, and other NGO’s in the Mombasa area. In the few short months we have been working on planning this center together, there have been referrals of horror stories girls are living through. Girls coming home pregnant being kicked out of their homes and schools. One story is about a girl who was beaten up by her boyfriend when she ran away to stay with him after being kicked out of her home. He beat her so bad he almost killed her. Guilt made the boyfriend take her to the hospital where he dumped her and disappeared. Her mom got her out of the hospital as they could not afford health care. She is now at home with her disabled mom 6-7 months pregnant with no food and not healed from the attack by her boyfriend and not receiving any health care. They are not sure she will survive. All this could have been avoided if there was a safe place for her to come in her time of need. Most of the girls are between 21 and 25 from the stories we have heard so far and most of them are Muslim girls. What a great chance to reach out to them. We cannot wait to get the center up and running so we can help these girls and others like them.
Summary of our services.
We have a three-fold plan of working at the problems in Mombasa:
1.Prevention involves us taking already approved curriculum into schools and teaching the kids about sexuality, pregnancy, STD’s, health care options, safe haven statutes and places, adoption, reality of what an abortion is, contraceptive methods and a lot more. The curriculum is Biblical-based. It was written by Kenya Youth for Christ. We will have volunteers and work to train teachers to do this part of the work.
How does this address the need?
Education is the key to solving this problem. To help avoid the problems to begin with is the first step. Secondly, letting women know in advance there are places to help if they do get into the situation, so they don’t run to abortion or abandonment as their only choice. This help lead to less maternal death, teenage/early 20’s pregnancy, and infant mortality.
2.Intervention is the counseling phase of the work. A girl shows up at our door pregnant. If she has nowhere to go, we will take her in, if there is space available, to provide health care, food, and shelter. We will make every attempt to counsel the whole family of the girl and the father of the baby, not just the girl in isolation. This will be Biblically based counseling.
Counseling will be provided for girls that are not staying at the center and help with health care will be provided as funds allow. Although we want to allow all girls in need into the program, to maintain the standards needed to make a real difference in the lives of girls and babies, we will need to stick to our ratios. Those are the tough decisions that missionaries need to make, closing the doors to desperate need, but if it is not done, no lives will be fully transformed and the work if for not.
How does this address the need?
Girls should not feel luckier to have HIV/AIDS than to be stuck in a unintended pregnancy. Pregnancies happen and there should be a place to go to get education and help and then return to a lifestyle that will prevent such things from happening again. Educating the girls on adoption and what it is and also on abortion and what it is and how it will affect them emotionally and psychologically and also letting them know that some people are there for them to help them after the pregnancy whether they keep the baby or give the baby up will help address those needs. This help lead to less maternal death, teenage/early 20’s pregnancy, and infant mortality.
3.Aftervention is getting the girls education. If they are able to get back into school to finish, we will be doing what is needed to support that. If the girls are not able to catch up for whatever reason, we will be training them in English, various accounting and other business necessaries, and a trade skill of some sort of their choosing to use to make a living.
How does this address the need?
Education is the key to getting out of poverty. Girls are kicked out of school for pregnancy. They see their lives as being worse than if they had HIV. Education either in a formal school setting or in a business type setting is necessary to have healthy women and babies. This help lead to less maternal death, teenage/early 20’s pregnancy, and infant mortality.
WHO IS WORKING THE PROJECT
Founder/Director: Jane Jilani, has set up a variety of NGO’s in the Mombasa, Kenya area. She is very familiar with government and church work and being able to get things accomplished. Experience working with volunteers. Jane has had a long-term vision for this project. She has various degrees and training in this area including counseling. Ms. Jiani also has extensive training in reaching out the Muslim faith. She trains trainers for extensive 6-week courses on the topic.
Founder/Director: Carrie Reichartz is a lawyer, writer, and business owner, currently running a home day care and fund raising for building projects, training, and a legacy full-time as well. Through her contacts on her blog as well as her contact with government officials as well as her own life experiences, God has called her to this work. She has given of her time and money extensively for the project. It is a true passion fueled by God. Carrie has been working with Operation Give Hope and Fox River Christian Church in their various Kenyan ventures since 2008. She has traveled to Kenya several times a year since her initial trips in 2008 and 2009. She has written a book about her experience. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology as well.
CURRENT STATUS OF THE PROJECT
LAND AND BUILDINGS:We have approximately a half acre of land with the start of a building in Bamburi, Kenya. (Specific address: Baraka Estates – Avenue 3, by the swamp, down from Royal Comfort Hotel, next to Railway Annex). There will be three buildings on the property. One is almost completed. We have the funds raised to finish off that project already and the building will house: a house matron room, offices/individual counseling room, kitchen, bathroom, large conference room for vocational and devotional times, and a sleeping room for the girls. We will be adding a guard house/storage building and outside toilet on the property. We have most of the funds raised for that as well. A wall and gate will need to be erected on the property. A final estimate on that is coming soon. Extra floors will be added to the main building as funds allow and as they are necessary for the work.
PREVENTION: Through Ginny Reczek of Kenya Youth for Christ in Nairobi, we are working on getting the trainers to Mombasa to train our volunteers in Worth the Wait so we can start getting into schools. We are working getting a list together for personal contacts in various schools so once we are trained we will have schools to go work with. Approximately 10 volunteers have already been recruited for the prevention work and are working on finding teachers willing to work with us within their own schools.
INTERVENTION: We have one person already fully trained for the counseling services aspect of the program. An Equipped to Serve training is in the process of being set up for later this summer or early fall with Barabara Porter (American living in Nairobi) for approximately 10 more people to be trained as volunteers in this area. Carrie Reichartz is doing the training this summer 2013 in the states through an African manual. Michelle Windell has extensive firsthand experience with day to day operations. Jane Jilani has first hand experience as well as all the training, including a degree in counseling.
AFTERVENTION: We will be hiring a person, Mbeyu Masongo and/or Jayne Claire Nyawira, to get this aspect of the project up and running once we have the funding. Counseling will be our first priority as we start the work with the girls and based on needs and desires of the girls we will be putting the aftervention programs into place.
Have 1-5 girls living in the building by the end of September of this year.
1.Building should be ready by then. We have a contractor estimate and he is ready to get to work on this which we expect will start at the end of July. We have 90% of the funds for that project gathered already. We need approximately $5,000 to finish our first phase of building. 2.Intervention counseling is ready. Though we want to train more and are waiting on funds to provide for those trainings. Funds needed - $1,000. 3.Prevention – we will start the training of the volunteers for this work as soon as we can get our hands on the manuals and get the trainers to Mombasa. This is second in line of priority right now, only behind getting the building finished. Funds needed - $1,000. 4.Monthly funding is the biggest hurdle for us right now for this goal.
Communication/Accountability with our sponsors/ especially our monthly supporters.
We plan to stay in communication with our monthly supporters. We will be sending out Newsletters monthly. We will be doing frequent Facebook posting. We will have a website.
We will have regular audits of our finances and will be doing monthly accounting reports for the income coming in. I have been working with the person we wish to have as our bookkeeper for several years and we have a great working relationship with absolutely trust and we have had no issues whatsoever over all our time working together. There is transparency in everything we do and more than one person will be involved in every transaction that occurs at the center.
Center Sustainability Plan
From the American side, our long-standing presence (35 plus years) show our commitment to keeping this project up and running for the long haul, whatever it takes to fund raise for it.
Having a Kenyan as a co-founder shows the long standingness of this project.
We do and will continue to do fund raising efforts for building funds and legacy funds. Those efforts include, yearly run walks both in Kenya and in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This year we also did a run in Italy. Selling of Carrie’s book, From Lawyer to Missionary: A Journey to Kenya and Back Again for the cause both in Kenya and in the US. African bags and jewelry sales toward the building project - Carrie purchases all of these items and then funnels 100% of the profits of them back into the mission. Carrie also does speaking engagements whenever possible to raise awareness and gather support. Soliciting individuals for one time or multi time donations.
Within Kenya we do quarterly fund-raising projects to both generate income as well as raising awareness. We will focus a lot on keeping people informed through Facebook, website and in person updates with what is going on with the girls. We will also be looking into a variety of Kenya side long-term income generating projects for the work as well. For example: upper floors on our building to be used as“hotel rooms” for volunteers to come and stay and possibly a taxi business for visitors and others or cafe. We are working on obtaining start up funds for the café or taxi business.
Our goal is to keep administrative expenses as low as possible. We will be doing everything in our power to keep be good stewards of the funds that God brings us to work this project. Our employees will have a heart for the mission we/they are carrying out so they pay may be a little lower than other people doing similar work as they are working for God. We will also do as much of the work on a volunteer basis as we can and still keep a professional standard in our work. We expect to have administrative costs below 15% of our income/expenses for sure and are aiming for closer to 10%.
We have a very strong program that is urgently needed, especially in Mombasa, Kenya. We have the property, willingness, passion and heart to do the work. We have raised several thousands of dollars toward the project and anticipate continuing and increasing those efforts. Help is needed in contributing to the ongoing monthly support of the girls. Your help will save the life of a desperate girl abandoned by her family, her significant other, and society right now. It will also save the life of an unborn baby to be either cared for by a mom educated and earning an income and/or given into the arms of a family waiting for a child to love through adoption. Your donation will make a huge difference in the world and in the lives of a lot of people. Please prayerfully consider this today.
For additional information, please contact:
Rev. Jane K. JilaniAttorney Carrie L. Reichartz Cell: 0723 004 094 or 0733 781 437+1-414-916-5435 JKJilani@yahoo.com or firstname.lastname@example.org@yahoo.com Bamburi – Baraka Estates – Avenue 33795 Spruce Road By the swamp– down Royal Comfort HotelNew Berlin, WI 53151
(next to Railway Annex)
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Hagar got pregnant and had a baby at the demand of Sara and consent of Abraham. Later, after she had the baby, Sara demanded her and the baby to leave their home and all their livelihood.
Hagar was desperate for water and food. She was sobbing and put the boy away from her so she wouldn’t have to see him die.
This is the situation and mindset of girls that are pregnant in Kenya. They are kicked out of their homes and their schools. They have no hope of a life after this. No counseling, no chance. Girls would rather get HIV then to get pregnant – at least with HIV there is counseling and help. With pregnancy there is nowhere to go and all hope of a future is lost. There is no place willing to help them.
We want to change that, and with your help, we can.
At that moment of their most desperate need, God came to Hagar and her son and said “Do not be afraid” and provided them with water and a promise of a good life.
We want to be that place for the girls of Mombasa, Kenya. We want to be the place to provide that nourishment (spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally). We want to be that beacon of God’s hope to these girls at a time when they have been put out in a desert by their significant other and their own families. They have been abandoned by their schools. They are left in a desert to die alone. We are able to step in and help them through that time and lead them to a new life.