Janet

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MEET JANET

Elbisil sub-location, Kajiado County

The contagious smile from Janet Suyianka can tell it all. Janet, 19 years old and a third born in a family of nine has this to say, “I have seen some light at the end of the tunnel”. At the age of 9, Janet was to be married off to a 60 year old man as is commonly practiced by the Masaai. “My parents are peasant farmers, so my dowry was to be a source of income for my family since we did not own any goats or cattle.”

“I could not take that! I had always wanted to go to school and work as a nurse in my community. My parents had already denied all my siblings the opportunity to go to school. Since none of my siblings had ever been enrolled in a school. I had to find a way out.”

Two days to the D-day Janet woke up before dawn and ran for a distance of 4 kilometers to seek help from the government offices at Bissil divisional headquarters, 4 km away. This would mark the turning point of her life. She was immediately admitted in Kajiado School and Rescue Centre, a center that supports runaway girls from FGM and early marriages. Here she found a new home.

“Thanks to ADRA, I can dream again. They have been supporing me with school fees and essential supplies for the last 10 years. I am sitting for my final exams this year and I am looking forward to train to be a nurse. If it was not for the help and support of ADRA Germany, I would be an illiterate and poor mother with more than seven children.”[/text_output][/vc_column][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/2″][vc_raw_html]JTNDZGl2JTIwY2xhc3MlM0QlMjJ0b3AtZ2FwJTIyJTNFJTNDJTJGZGl2JTNF[/vc_raw_html][text_output]“I have since reconciled with my parents, and through the intervention of our headteacher, they now have decided they will not marry off any of my siblings but they are all in school.”

My parents apologized for what they had planned and decided to take my small sisters to school with no plans of marrying them off.”

“Although I was privileged to get daily provisions of food, it hurts that my family back at home can only afford to have one meal a day because of the drought. Sometimes they go for days without a single meal. ADRA gave us food enough to last us over a month! What more can I ask for in a family where we have not had any stock of food?”

ADRA Kenya in partnership with ADRA Germany  came to the aid of the Bissil community  With this emergency food distribution, ADRA intend to target the most vulnerable families and homes that have been identified by the local chiefs, local church and the Tawanga Women group. Janet’s parents have not been spared by the drought.

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ADRA Kenya

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency Kenya or ADRA Kenya was legally registered as a Kenyan NGO (non-governmental organization) in 1993. It is managed by a Kenyan Board of Directors, with diverse professional backgrounds.

Support for ADRA Kenya comes from private donations, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kenya, and donor organizations. In the past this has included:

  • ADRA International & USAID
  • ADRA Canada, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank & Global Affairs Canada
  • ADRA Germany & BMZ
  • ADRA Australia &
  • ADRA Japan & Japan Platform (JPF)
  • Lakarmissionen
  • etc

 

ADRA Kenya programs have included both relief and development activities in various regions throughout the country.

Interventions have occurred in the following areas: disaster relief and recovery, human rights, food security, water and sanitation, health, advocacy, education, economic empowerment, etc.

The network: Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (or ADRA) is the official humanitarian agency of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a 20-million strong community, with hundreds of thousands of churches globally and the world’s largest integrated healthcare and education network.

ADRA is a global network. ADRA offices in over 118 countries are locally registered and recognized. Each country office is registered in the country where it is established and is responsible to a local Board of Directors. As a network, ADRA implements thousands of projects, benefiting millions of people each year—regardless of their ethnicity, political affiliation, gender, or religious association.

Founded in 1956 as the Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service (SAWS) and renamed ADRA in 1984, the agency has a long and successful history of providing humanitarian relief and implementing development initiatives.

By partnering with communities, organizations, and governments, the ADRA network is able to deliver culturally relevant programs, build local capability for sustainable change and improve the quality of life of millions.

The ADRA network annual program expenses total approximately US$200 million—made possible through private contributions from individuals like you, corporations, foundations, and other entities. It also obtains funding and commodities from governmental and intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations.

ADRA does not proselytize. God’s love in ADRA’s programs is expressed when it reaches out to those in need regardless of race, gender, and political, or religious affiliation. We work in harmony with a broad array of cultures, traditions, and peoples of all faiths, respecting the human dignity of all.

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