Larry has played an important role with KCC missions chairing the Mission Committee for 12 years. He has served on many fields and taken teams on mission trips in several countries around the world, now bringing teams solely into Kenya. Even though he networks with many of the Building Beyond Borders projects and field reps, his primary role is establishing and developing projects in Africa.
Both Larry and Francine have compassion for orphans and street children, keeping them focused on the task of raising both awareness and funds for the destitute children in east Africa.
Larry's primary focus is overseeing the many projects they are developing and building stronger relationships and trust with our national partners on the ground. He also encourages businesses, foundations, organizations, and individuals to get involved into changing the lives of orphan and street children in Africa.
Francine, being a former teacher of Heritage Christian School, now oversees the medical clinic, serving the sick who live on the streets. She also offers therapeutic art classes at the women's prison.
They both work alongside of two incredible local men, David and Gideon. While Gideon assists Larry with the 10 Children Family Homes, and education, David helps manage the medical clinic.
In the Spring of 2008 BBB adopted Kitale as a new mission field and assumed full responsibility for 30 children in the Mali Saba Children’s Home. More recently as a result of international studies and government findings, that orphaned children succeed better in family environments, there has been a shift in our focus, a desire to see our children placed into healthy family homes.
With this in mind our team has been transitioning the care of our children from orphanage style homes to family care homes. The result has been: the quality care of our orphans has increased and the cost of their care has been reduced by 50%.
Currently we care for 29 children, in 10 family homes, which we provide assistance to help in raise these children. Our goal is to rescue young orphaned children off the streets, provide them with a quality life and education and even help some continue on to college or university. SPONSOR A CHILD
They are also providing education for six additional children, while they also have three of their older kids in college and university.
Healing and Empowering Vulnerable Children and People in Need to become role models in society.
Lifting vulnerable people out of their despair by educating, treating and creating functional family homes.
- We value strong families with both parents providing a caring nurturing environment.
- We value the dignity of mankind without discrimination seeking health and welfare for all.
- We value our partners that work together to help accomplish the mission and vision of this organization.
- We value education in faith, health and schooling.
- We value honesty, respect and kindness for all in our communication and attitude toward each other.
- We value communication, accountability and transparency in our organization with volunteers, partners and donors.
Francine and her team of Kenyan professionals treat 60-70 patients every week.Recently their oldest son (orphan) has completed his medical schooling and is now working at the clinic. They also have a nurse, chemist and manager. Two of their other kids are in college to become receptionist and a lab tech, with the intent of serving alongside at their clinic.
They are now running four days per week, including drop ins, minor surgery, teaching, and a weekly eye clinic. We do monthly outreaches into the rural areas serving an additional 200-300 patients as well.
Here's a look at some of the medical work Larry and Francine are helping with. Jiggers are a common problem for the Kenyan's due to lack of shoes.
WARNING: This video contains graphic medical images
We have given over two dozen loans and are averaging a 90% success rate. Our criteria is to look for people who are already in business, and need a hand up to increase their revenue or visibility. Lately our loans have helped others increase stock, buy a business licence, seed and fertilizers, a bicycle, insure a taxi, and more recently purchase a cow.
The Dust Bins is an opportunity to reach out to the ones who literally have nothing. In a culture where a lack of schooling and no ingrained work ethics is common, laziness and begging becomes the norm. It is so difficult to see change; so we continue to visit them, share the Word with them, and occasionally even hold a class at "The Vision Gate Dustbin Bible School", love on them and pray with them. Our goal is more like 1 John 4:12 We simply love on them, hang out, break bread (or in some cases big crunchy insects) and that way God's love is perfected.