OUR VISION 

We seek a world where people are empowered to overcome poverty and social insecurity, ethnic and gender inequity; a world where they have the opportunity to achieve their hopes and dreams.

OUR MISSION

IT’S NOT CHARITY – IT’S INVESTING IN PEOPLE – IT’S FINANCING HOPE

Graceland Africa Mission makes strategic investments in people and communities in Kenya, financing hope and securing change. Through partnership we provide resources, education and/or training to empower people and enhance development.

OUR VALUES

INTEGRITY

Our integrity is fundamental to our success. In all our work we strive to be honest, transparent and accountable.

PARTNERSHIPS

Our partnerships are paramount for achieving our goals. They are based on trust, mutual respect, co-operation, and shared responsibility.

INVESTMENT

Our funds are used strategically. We invest in people and communities to accomplish radical sustainable development.

EMPOWERMENT

Our driving force is in helping people become stronger, confident, and powerful in their own lives, their community, and their society.

HOPE

Our initiatives bring tangible hope. Hope is an amazing force; it inspires motivation, resourcefulness, and creative solutions.

OUR PROGRAMS

A.  EDUCATION – PRIMARY, SECONDARY AND POST-SECONDARY

PARTNERSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Without an education, African children have little hope of rising above the poverty that has held their parents in despair. We are helping children and youth obtain an education by paying the tuition and school expenses of elementary, secondary and post-secondary students.

We expect Kenyan parents, guardians, and the local community to partner with us and provide a portion of the funding needed for school fees or other school expenses.  We want to keep family and communities involved and responsible for ensuring the success of these orphaned and destitute children.  We believe that partnerships help to maintain dignity among the poor.

We also believe that it is important to provide scholarships to children rather than support.  It is more than a difference in wording, it reflects a different attitude both to giver and receiver.

One for One – Child Scholarship and Community Grant program currently provides 34 scholarships to children in rural and urban areas.

B.  GENDER EQUITY

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

An important part of our work in Kenya is to invest in women and empower them by helping them develop small businesses.

We have sponsored various women’s groups.

Kyome Upendo Women’s Group

True Light Women’s Group

EDUCATION

We believe that every girl has the right to benefit from an education.  Often adolescent girls in Africa are kept at home so that they can take care of younger children, look after the household, and/or to provide an income for the family.  A girls’ value is seen in the labour they can provide rather than the career they could obtain. When funds are scarce, girls are denied the opportunity to go to school.  Many are given as brides before they even have a chance to grow up.

  Right to be is about giving girls an education and a future.

 

C.  SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

COMMUNITY GRANTS

Sewing Business: two workers sew school uniforms and ladies dresses.

Goat Project: goats have been purchased for 30 sponsored children.   As kid goats are sold funds are pooled and used to purchase cows for the families in the project.

Organic Farming:  Adults are taught in a one week a hands on course an understanding of composting, double digging and herbal medicine.

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

We believe that Kenyans need to play an integral part in solving the issues of their country.  We are committed to supporting the efforts of  Kenyans who are striving to help their communities. We partner with local churches and community groups and utilize their infrastructure in order to meet the needs of destitute people.  We also focus on strengthening these local organizations through financial support and education.

D.  WATER PROVISION AND SANITATION

SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE

Installing gutters and 10,000 litre tanks to harvest rainwater in the arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) of eastern Kenya may seem counterintuitive.  Yet rainwater harvesting is a viable, economic and sustainable means of providing water to remote rural communities.

Although erratic, rainfall in the ASAL can be torrential.  We harvest this sporadic rainfall by installing gutters onto the roof of a church or a school with a large surface catchment area.  During the rainy season, the 10,000 litre tanks we install are usually filled with water within two weeks.

Harvested rainwater is sold to villagers at a fair market price.  The funds raised through the sale of rainwater are used to purchase water that is brought in by truck to replenish the tanks during the dry season.

Whether through harvested rainwater or purchased water, large storage tanks supply clean, potable water year-round.  Health and hygiene improves, children no longer miss school, and women have time to tend to their gardens or operate small businesses. The community begins to develop economically and the children are now able to succeed at school.

Through our Water Harvesting Projects, Graceland Africa Mission has installed fifteen 8,000 or 10,000 litre water tanks in eleven locations in the Eastern Province of Kenya. As well we have installed four 2,000 litres residential tanks for the elderly .

Water Project 2013        Water Project 2015        Water Project 2017