A Closer Look Into How We Help (Join Us)

Imagine being so desperate to feed your children that you actually give them away. One by one.
Hafsa, one of our new moms in Kenya, has parents who’ve had to make this unthinkable choice-again and again. Both are jobless and suffer from health issues. Four of Hafsa siblings are in a children’s home because of their situation.
Becoming an orphan due to poverty is unfortunately very common.
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At Rehema House in Kenya, we work to prevent this situation or come along and help them through it. One of the ways we do so is by bringing all the parents or a guardian representing each resident in for training throughout the course of their daughter’s stay at Rehema House.
 
Parents training topics:
  • Reading and understanding the Bible
  • Prayers(quiet time and listening to God)
  • Parenting and child care
  • Health and hygiene
  • Trauma and dealing with teenagers
  • Relationships
  • Understanding of my value and identity
  • Biblical understanding of work
  • Understanding my life journey
  • Identifying and overcoming roadblocks
  • Perseverance and positive attitude
  • Succeeding through adversity Integrity in workplace
  • Personal responsibility/self discipline
  • Conflict resolution
  • Excelling on the job
  • Effective communication skills
  • Proper customer satisfaction
  • Developing community and networks
  • Job search techniques
  • Business skills
  • One on one intervention

As you can imagine, an endeavor like this –with transport, lodging, and the cost of training and curriculum–it’s a very expensive on-going cost. (Approximately $5000 per training).

Margaret, another of our residents, has a father who is a pastor. He and his wife have 11 children. The family is very poor and survive on offerings from Sunday, which can be $4 or less or sometimes nothing. This year, they planted some wheat and maize, but unfortunately, they did not experience good rain. They struggle to afford food, school fees or even buying water. The training we provide will be a huge help to their family.

At times, the task seems impossible. When Kenyan Directors, Maureen and Oliver, visited families this quarter, many said it would be better to die than to live in these conditions. Please pray that God will provide for these families, so our girls have a safe and reliable option to return home. This is everyone’s desire when it’s possible.

If you’d like to help us with this cost, you can give here and add PARENT/BUSINESS TRAINING in the memo.

dateJune 28, 2016

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Hope’s Endless Possibilities {And A New Exciting Opportunity}

Against all odds, these women have become Fair Trade Friday artisans, bracelet makers. And they have taken the money they have earned from accessories and they have put it to work. They pooled their money and came up with a business plan to start a taxi business and work themselves out of poverty over the next couple of

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dateJune 6, 2016

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The Sound of Hope

There is simply no way to describe with words exactly what happens in the lives of each teen mom in our maternity homes in Kenya. But know that it is sacred. These sweet girls have been abandoned and abused by the world and they come to us broken and afraid. Slowly, they transform. It’s small

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dateMay 20, 2016

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She Is Priceless

She grew up in a brothel. She was recently rescued from a living hell in the heart of Kolkata, India. [Can we just let the weight of these words sink deep? Children in bondage. There are thousands and thousands of girls and women still trapped right now in this life and we have to stop

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dateMay 10, 2016

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We Are Now Mercy House Global

Mercy House is a little more than 6 years old. In that time, we’ve empowered the opening of maternity homes in Kenya (our flagship work through Rehema House) and supported more than 30 teen mothers and their children, along with dozens of indigenous employees and hundreds of family members of the residents have been impacted. Several years

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dateApril 26, 2016

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Save the Date: Gala 2016

dateApril 5, 2016

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Host a [Mother’s Day] Event or Home Party

Motherhood is a precious gift.  And every mother on the planet loves her child the way you do yours. But millions of moms struggle to provide basic needs for their precious children. We are hoping to change that. Women in poverty don’t want a handout. They want a job. And that’s exactly what fair trade

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dateFebruary 16, 2016

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Mercy House Vision Trip 2016

We are going to Africa this summer and you’re invited! Click here if you’re interested in going and Mercy House will send you information. Space is limited.

dateJanuary 22, 2016

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New Year, New Hope

It’s a season of transition in Kenya at Rehema House. Some girls are returning home with their children (or to a safe relative) after their two year stay. They are excited and nervous to return to school. Others are staying longer, but transitioning to a vocational school. Some girls are coming home-back to Rehema during

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dateJanuary 13, 2016

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Today is Giving Tuesday

Last week, we set aside a day to give thanks. And a couple for in-store and online deals. Today is a day dedicated to give to others. Giving Tuesday at Mercy House matters. Next month, Rehema House will begin rescuing pregnant girls from the streets of Kenya. We will care and provide for them and their babies

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dateDecember 1, 2015

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