GOA COMPASSION DEPARTMENT
The following are our 2012 KCPE Candidates whose final exam is scheduled from 4-6th December, 2012. We are appealing for support to finance their high schools education in January 2013. Welcome.
1. Peter Gichuki Gitahi-From Strong Tower
Peter joined a bad group that led him to go to the streets; his elderly parents could not convince him to go back home and school. He could not listen to anyone, even his brothers and sisters. His mother approached Strong Tower management who rescued him from the street and took him to the home where he was rehabilitated and went back to school after being reformed. He is doing very well and happy to be in Strong Tower. His parents are also happy.
2. Joseph Gitau Wanjiru-Strong Tower
Joseph is a very bright boy but his education was always disturbed by the constant fights between his mother and the man who was supposed to be their father. He kept on beating their mother and children until one day Joseph and his brother Harrison decided to run away from home. The headmaster from his school discovered what was about to happen, called Strong Tower and requested the management to take them in. The mother is struggling since she has many children and one of them is disabled and needs a lot of attention and finances. He is doing well together with his brother and happy to be in Strong Tower Home.
3. Marvin Kingaru Waithira. From Strong Tower
Marvin was forced to go to the streets by his harsh relatives. He got so much discouraged after that mistreatment that he decided it was better of being in the streets where he had started using drugs. He was rescued from there by Strong Tower management after being in the street for one year. He joined school and is doing very well and set to do his final elementary exam.
4. Douglas Kiragu Njeri- from Strong Tower
Douglas forced to the streets by circumstances beyond his means i.e. due to the political violence that caused them to move from their home area (Molo) to Naivasha where they became Internally Displaced Persons. They were living in tents since all what they had was destroyed. He was under care of his grandmother who could not help him. He is now happy to be in this home and is now reformed.
5. John Ngige- From Strong Tower
John Ngige was brought to Strong Tower Home by the children’s officer after their former home was closed down by the government. His mother died and his sickly grandmother could not be able to take care of him. He is going on with his education. He is a well mannered and very obedient boy, very happy to be at Strong Tower.
6.Everyn Wangui Mwaniki-From Strong Tower
Everyn was brought to Strong Tower Home by the Children’s office from Naivasha Orphanage after it was closed down by the government. She was previously taken to a Catholic home by her sister . Everyn and her siblings were thrown away from their home by relatives after their mother died. The sister was beaten very much when she tried to ask for her mother’s properties until she was admitted in the hospital. Everyn was later taken to the orphanage and then to Strong Tower. Her younger sister who is H.I.V. positive has been admitted in another children’s home since he was being mistreated where she was living. She is doing very well in school.
7. Eunice Wanjiku Njoroge-from Strong Tower.
She comes from a very poor family and her parents are sick (Chronic diseases) they are not able to do any work, so they approached the home to help them with their daughter who had stopped going to school and were fearing for her life. She is going on well and is a happy girl.
8. Elizabeth Waithera Ndiran-from Strong Tower
Elizabeth lives with Paul and Martha due to the condition of her health. She has a hole in the heart and was born without the left kidney and the left side of her liver does not function. She was connected with Matter heart run foundation and was scheduled for a surgery but after being done catherization it was discovered that she could not survive if she was taken to the theater for the open heart surgery. We were told by the doctor that she should live like that and that we should believe God. She is better than when we took her in and she has since gone back to school. Her parents could not afford to care of her since she needed a lot of attention and money for her medical expenses.
9. Catherine Muthoni Mwaniki-from Strong Tower
Catherine mother disowned her and disappeared. It was later learned that she lives in Mombasa and married to a Muslim. Catherine was left in the care of her aged sickly grandmother who could not be able to take care of her and her brother. That is when she was brought to the Naivasha Orphans and rehabilitation center.
10. Charity Njeri Wanjiku-from Strong Tower
Charity was brought to Strong Tower by the Children’s office after the children’s home was closed down by the government. Charity and her twin sister are orphans who were left in the care of their grandmother who is old and sickly after their mother died. She brought them to the children’s home that was closed down. She is very happy to be in Strong Tower and she is in Praise and worship team in the church.
Christine was brought to Strong Tower by the Children’s office after the children’s home was closed down by the government. Christine and her twin sister are orphans who were left in the care of their grandmother who is old and sickly after their mother died. She brought them to the children’s home that was closed down. She is very happy to be in Strong Tower.
12. Benson Nganga Wangui-from Strong Tower
Benson’s was admitted to Strong Tower due to poverty. His mother was stroked by an illness which left her blind. This has since rendered her helpless to her children. Benson has a sister by the name Esther who is also in this center. They are both doing very well at school.
Strong Tower is located in Naivasha, within the Rift Valley, Kenya and is home to former street boys. The home is the vision of Pastor Paul Mwai and his wife Martha. Started in late 2007, the goal of the home to provide a safe environment for children to grow and learn.
May I belatedly bring you my New Year greetings.
On the Global scene, 2012 was the year when shocking economic and
business news seemed to lose its power to shock. Kenya withstood
another difficult year in 2012 as policy tightening and weaker global
demands slowed economic activity. With decisive fiscal and monetary
policies, the government managed to restore confidence in Kenya. The
year 2012 in Kenya was almost a mirror image of 2011. In 2011 the
economy started out strongly, but by mid-year, high fuel and food
prices led to a rapid rise in inflation, a weekend exchange rate and
ultimately a radical increase in interest rates towards the end of the
The implication of these economic and business trend on GOA ministries
was that we had to not only make tough stewardship decisions in 2012
but also daily prayed for God’s Grace to complete the year. With
decisive ministry policies under the governance of an extremely well
educated and experienced GOA board of directors and a dedicated team
of staff at GOA head office in Nairobi we managed to restore
confidence in all stakeholders and continued to change lives and
As we head into 2013, Kenya is expected to stimulate growth by
loosening monetary policy. The Central bank of Kenya has lowered the
Central Bank rate (CBR) over the last several months to encourage
investment and economic growth. As a result, the second have begun
the year by seeing economic activity increase without inflationary
pressure. The Central Bank of Kenya is expected to continue these
policies in the first quarter of 2013 with investors expected to delay
major projects while waiting for the outcome of the elections.
GOA’s theme for 2013 “To proclaim the year of the Lord’s
favour”-Jubilee Luke 4:19. In the last three weeks I have been
blessed with opportunities training senior ministry leaders in
Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda with the eight core values of ILI/HM. I
can boldly proclaim that GOA is out to experience great favour from
God in 2013. This is the year that Kenya will celebrate her Golden
Jubilee-50 yrs since independence. It is also the year that GOA’s
Executive Director is celebrating his Golden Jubilee-50th birthday.
I’m double excited. To be a Kenyan who is celebrating Jubilee
together with his nation.
The World Bank in their December 2012 Kenya Economic update dubbed
“Kenya at work-Energizing the economy and creating jobs” highlighted:
Kenya withstood another difficult year in 2012 as policy tightening
and weaker global demand slowed economic activity. With decisive
fiscal and monetary policies, the government managed to restore
confidence in Kenya’s medium term prospects. 2013 promises to be a
better year. Yet hard realities remain –Kenya’s growth rate is still
below its potential and its peers, external balances remain which
threaten its future growth, and the pace of economic growth is not
generating enough modern sector wage Jobs. With the passage of the
new constitution in 2010 and its implementation, stronger institutions
are emerging, putting Kenya on a sound footing ready to take off. In
the very short term, what remains to be done is for Kenya to deliver a
credible and peaceful election in March 2013, and thereafter a smooth
transfer of power. In the medium term, Kenya will need to start
building a stronger foundation for growth, and undertake structural
reforms to correct the external imbalances. To generate more jobs for
the burgeoning educated population, Kenya will also need to reduce the
transaction cost for firms, by reducing job-smothering corruption and
the cost of doing business (particularly in transport and energy).
In the first half, we expect the Government to keep its focus on
controlled liquidity as it seeks to keep the cost of living at
manageable levels. We expect less easing of the monetary policy with
politics dimming the outlook with political pressure expected to
increase as the country gears up for the general elections. We expect
the outcome of the elections to have a major impact on the economy.
Following the elections, we expect the Central Bank of Kenya to head
back to the low interest rate stance as it seeks to propel
post-election economic growth in the coming years in line with the
vision 2030 objectives. With the Central Bank of Kenya expected to
ease monetary policy, we expect the stock market to stay on a recovery
path. The bond market is expected to see improved activity with
concentration expected to shift to the long end.
This is the time to invest in Kenya. GOA is looking for investors who
are interested in not only reaping good business returns but also
kingdom value through change lives in our four vision areas of Church
Growth, compassion, conflict Resolution and leadership Development.
The focus of the GOA board of directors is to move GOA towards a
sustainable future. With this goal in mind, GOA’s next 5 year
strategic plan has business ideas on investments that may initially
require high capital investment but eventually lead GOA towards
sustainability. We invite you to partner with GOA in 2013.
With you in this year of our Lord’s favour
Bishop David Thagana