Kinship is more than a home caring for orphans and widows. It is a whole community caring for each other. When you help a Kinship, you’re not acting as a missionary on the outside, but you come into their family and become part of it!
Kinships are tribal communities often deeply rooted in traditions and family origin. But their membership extends far beyond bloodlines and borders. Kinships throughout Africa and Asia are working through hardships, such as war, violence, or disease, to care for their orphans and widows. Kinship Homes that are strategically located in these communities work alongside them to help provide for their needs.
In the Ephraim Kinship in Kenya, the kinship church serves its members with a home for orphaned children, clean water, a school, and a medical clinic. Children in the entire community are served by the Ephraim Kinship, not just orphans and widows. As Kenyan outpost partner Ben, says, “We don’t try to solve their problems, but we try to help them solve their own problems.”
In the Buwanda Kinship in Uganda, over 40 orphans have found a home and 350 children have the opportunity to go to school. The Kinship works to help protect the children from being abducted during long walks to fetch water, unfortunately a common problem, by sharing their water supply and filters. Buwanda Kinship is working to reunite abducted and abandoned children with their families, and many local families foster children during this transition.
Stepping into a Kinship means extending a hand in friendship and working together. While you may provide crucial financial support, hardworking people on the ground are teaching children how to read, cooking enough to feed a small army, or cleaning mud-smeared tile floors. If you were to visit, the biggest way you could bless them would be to greet them with a hug and talk over a warm meal. Get to know their hearts and share yours. After all, by working together to serve each other, you have more in common than you may realize.