- Published: Monday, 22 January 2018 19:20
- Written by Jimmy Gunderman
Walking along the dirt covered paths in the Kibera Slums and seeing the great poverty of almost one million people packed tightly within approximately 2.5 square kilometers, it would be hard for anyone to question the lack of hope residence living there might experience.
Some Common Obstacles
The most common life circumstances the people of Kibera face are infrastructural. Only 20% of the entire slum has access to electricity and only two main water supplies provide clean drinking water for the community. The average size of homes in Kibera are 12’x12’ mud constructed huts on concrete floors. On average, people here earn less than $2 a day, which is a result of the almost 50% unemployment rate adults experience. With dismal living conditions and the inability to consistently have hygienically stable environments, families living in Kibera often experience sickness and even the death of loved ones.
There is Hope
Many would look at the situation in Nairobi and feel an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. While it is true that overcoming the many obstacles that exist in the slums is hard work- it is not impossible. There is hope. In fact, Paul the apostle describes present sufferings in the life of a Christian by saying,
“Through [Jesus] we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
Believers also have a future promise of hope as described in the book of Peter…
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you…”
Tangible Acts of Hope
No Hungry Children exists to be an agent of hope to some of the world’s most marginalized people. Every school day, NHC is committed to feeding over 3000 children in the slums of Kenya. In doing so, through the support of faithful partners, our feeding program has worked to impact the lives of some many in the communities where we serve.
You can join us in being an agent of Hope. It is as easy as clicking the “Sponsor a Child” button at the top of this page. Providing food is a tangible way to express the love of God to a child. When children come to school to eat, they stay to learn, which helps to break the generational cycle of poverty. Feeding students physically also opens doors to feed them spiritually.
Providing hope to a child is one opportunity, if taken, that you will never regret.