We were founded to help alleviate poverty and hopelessness and to restore dignity through job skills training and education, and to support the teaching and preaching of God’s word to the downtrodden in Kenya, Africa.
Garments of Praise Training Institute
In 2010 we started a tailoring school to meets the needs of single moms, at risk teens and widows. Job skills training gives them a way to break the cycle of poverty and become healthy productive citizens in their communities. With the skills gained they also receive hot meals, medical help, spiritual instruction and counsel. Single moms in rural areas face great hardships without schooling or job training (one mother had her child die in her arms because she lacked the few dollars for the medicine that would have saved her child). Poverty forces young teens from their homes because they are orphaned or there is not enough food for them and their younger siblings. Parents now have an option their daughters and sons can gain job skills training because we supply food and tuition. We have seen many happy endings with our students at our Tailoring Institute. Read more about the Training Institute by clicking here.
Shalom Learning Center
It is hard to describe the actual lives of the children at Shalom. The children who attend this school would have been forgotten with no hope for a future without an education. This is a very poor area highly impacted by HIV/AIDS. Before Garment of Praise partnered with Shalom with a feeding program, many children didn’t go to school for fear the little food at home would be gone when they returned. Many have no place they can consistently call home. They are orphaned, abandoned and neglected by those caring for them. Often Shalom is the only place they feel real love. Scholarships for students provides for an opportunity for God’s people, as He directs them, to meet needs of orphaned, abandoned, impoverished and neglected children with schooling and necessary basic needs. In turn this provides hope for “the least of these” to have a bright future and a way to break the chains of poverty that hold them captive in a destitute lifestyle that they cannot break without help. Read more about the Shalom Learning Center by clicking here.
Jesus Cares Fund
This ministry was set up to offer help to those without food or shelter or medical need. It has grown over the years to include help with tuition so students can gain an education, building small homes for safety and health such as replacing a collapsed home for a young mother. We have also extended medical help which has kept families from falling into hopeless poverty. We also offer a hand up to our brothers and sisters at times of dire need, often saving lives. Read more about the Jesus Cares Fund by clicking here.
Equipping the Saints
This ministry includes an annual Pastors and Leadership Conference to encourage and equip pastors, Sunday school teachers and other leaders through teaching and materials. These are held in three different locations with hundreds being blessed and encouraged. We come alongside local area churches providing training for children and youth through VBS, AWANA and other bible programs. It provides tuition for Bible Institutes and pays rent for a refugee church in a very hostile area in Nairobi. Many have been saved and discipled in this church as they await the opportunity to immigrate to welcoming countries. Young men are sent on mission trips to unreached areas to share the Gospel and then train others to share. Read more about the Equipping the Saints by clicking here.
Wells: Garments of Praise has been blessed with strong support to drill two wells that produce clean water in very desperate communities where the average walk to get “unclean water” was over a mile. Twenty liters of water weighs 40 pounds, having a well near is laborsaving but also has great impact on economy and health as clean water means less illness and death.
Land: This purchase will provide a housing for our Mission house, the Shalom Learning Center, our Training Institute and housing for compound manager. A large three-story building is being constructed to accommodate the first phase of the program.
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