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Ben and Christine’s Amazing Story of Teaching Refugees in Kakuma
Although Syrian refugees are a continued and important topic of conversation, their tragedy is not the only refugee crisis that the world is facing. Some of our Kinship founders live in places that have been home to displaced people for years. Have you ever wondered what our founders did before they … READ MORE
Cambodia Has an Orphan Problem, but It Isn’t What You’re Thinking
We want to believe that all orphan care is run by those who have children’s best interests in mind, but tragically, that is not always the case. For example, perhaps you've heard of "orphanage tourism." There are numerous systems just like it in place all around the world that don’t care well for … READ MORE
Education for Girls: One Way You Can Change the World
16 year old Nazziwa has loved education her whole life. It’s always been her dream to study to become a nurse. But tragically, the many hardships in Nazziwa’s life have stood in the way of her completing her dream. Nazziwa was raised by her father and her stepmother. She spent years believing her … READ MORE
How is Marriage Ruining Young Girls’ Lives?
When Nalongo was only 16 years old, she was forced to marry a man over twice her age. He treated her horribly, more like she was an object than she was a person. And five years later, she fled his home, taking her child with her. Now Nalongo is a caregiver in the Buwanda Kinship Project. But the … READ MORE
Keep a Girl in School By…Buying Her Pads?
Keep a Girl in School by... Buying Her Pads?Emily almost had to drop out of school. This young Kenyan woman was both a widow and a mother. It would be easy to imagine that one of these things caused her to drop out. And yet, neither of them were the reason. The reason that she came so close to … READ MORE
Shekinah Mission Community Clinic: A Blessing to the Rift Valley Community
Imagine living in a village of 6,000 people with no access to medical help. The smallest infection or injury would require you to walk 20 miles to the closest hospital… if you could make it there. In a situation like this a small, local clinic stocked with medicine and supplies can mean the … READ MORE
TED Talk featuring Bill and Melinda Gates
Our staff here at Kinship United had the incredible opportunity to hear Melinda Gates speak at the 2016 Global Leadership Summit hosted at Willow Creek. We were inspired by her talk and the impact that she and Bill have been able to make over the years through their foundation. Here is an interview … READ MORE
TED Talk featuring Kakenya Ntaiya
Kakenya Ntaiya was told that women were only born to be wives and mothers. Typically, girls in Kenya don’t get to go to school after 8th grade and get married shortly after. Even if she didn’t know it yet, Kakenya will be an inspiration for young girls for years to come. It started with a terrible … READ MORE
TED Talk featuring Mia Birdsong
Video Discussion Questions:1. What stories do you feel we tell about poverty in America?2. Do we tell different stories about poverty in America than we do poverty in developing nations?3. If so, why do you think that is?4. What stories exist about poor people that keep us from seeing them as they … READ MORE
TED Talk featuring Michael Kimmel
In this talk, Michael Kimmel invites men into the fight for gender equality. At Kinship United, we face this issue head on by protecting girls from female genital mutilation, making sure they have the same educational opportunities as their male counterparts, and raising a generation of young men to … READ MORE
The Hole in Our Gospel: Book Review
The Hole in our Gospel is a compelling book that tells the story of how Richard Stearns had his entire life transformed by the gospel, and the ways that the transformational power of the gospel in his life has gone on to change the lives of so many other people.At the very beginning, Richard Stearns … READ MORE
The Devastating Effects of Trauma on Orphans
The Devastating Effects of Trauma on Orphans Kinship Projects are full of stories of children who are haunted by their past. When these kids enter their Kinship Home, many of them are shy and scared to the point of being unresponsive. They can’t comprehend that they’ve entered a safe place, because … READ MORE
Want Another Way to Rescue Orphans? Buy Fair Trade!
Clothing prices in the States are undeniably cheap. Walk into a Target or a Walmart, and you can walk out with a shirt for only $5. And sure, that’s pretty convenient. Until you ask the question, how is this clothing sold for so little? And the problem is, we all sort of know the answer to that … READ MORE
What’s Happening with Water in Africa?
It’s morning in Kenya, Africa. Wandering sleepily, 12-year-old Kamali contemplates the long trek to collect the day’s water supply for her small village. As with most children of tragedy, Kamali has been tossed into the chaos of survival. Instead of carting school books to class, Kamali now carts a … READ MORE
What’s It Like to Be an African Refugee?
Kakuma. A hot, harsh, dry place. Prone to sandstorms and droughts. Thorny bushes and flat topped trees are the only vegetation. And it is also home to 185,000 people in Kenya’s second biggest refugee camp. The Kakuma Refugee Camp has existed for 26 years, and during that time, has served as a … READ MORE
Where Words Fail, Music Speaks
Seven-year-old Samuel was once a Ugandan refugee. Now, he’s found his way into a Kinship home, under the loving care and protection of the home parents. But the trauma that Samuel suffered before he came to the kinship still haunts him. After his arrival at the home, Samuel has become non-verbal, … READ MORE
Why is Human Trafficking So Difficult to Stop?
It seems like there have never been so many ways to stop human trafficking. Awareness of human trafficking is at its all time high. Legislation and protocol against it have also increased. And yet, in the last United Nations report on human trafficking, the number of people being trafficked appears … READ MORE
Why What You’re Doing Really Does Matter
The world is a hyper-overwhelming place. Every day, on our news sites, on television, on our social media, we are bombarded with bad news. Our attention is constantly being drawn to something terrible happening. Every charity in the world (us included) seems to be emailing you with another horrible … READ MORE