Kids Helping Kids in Kitale

Kids Helping Kids “Each One Reach One” Learning to Serve Leadership Academy.

“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Yet, all too frequently, people of abject poverty who face starvation, homelessness, disease, illiteracy, abandonment, despair, and abuse have few opportunities to practice the golden rule and give unto others as others have given unto them. They feel powerless, voiceless, unwanted, unneeded, and forgotten. Many people of poverty often lack a sense of purpose and significance. They fail to exercise or even sense God’s call to give.

In partnership with Pastor Richard and Hellen Makani, founders of Seeds Ministry in Kitale, Kenya, and Jim Cooper, a missionary who serves the Makani’s and orphans from the Kipsongo Slum, a sequence of lessons were piloted in the spring of 2014 to invite youth to practice the golden rule and do unto others just as others have done unto them. The curriculum empowers children and youth to make a difference in the lives of others.

In the slideshow above, the kids from the Kipsongo Slum, once the least of those, give unto others. The kids FROM poverty (Kipsongo Slum) helped construct a new classroom for the kids from Mt. Elgon. The kids also made classroom benches, blackboards, and teacher instructional aids for classroom use. The kids also shared messages of hope and encouraging words. were shared by kids for kids. There have been similar activities at the Precious Kids Center for kids with special needs as well as a baby orphanage.

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The vision and mission of the faith-based educational modules are outlined below:

Vision: God has created extraordinary people. By the grace of God, He has made possible for us to reach our full and extraordinary potential. In doing so, youth can manifest Godly character qualities. As we reach upward toward God, He teaches, guides, and counsels us to reach outward to serve others.

Mission: To educate, motivate, inspire, and empower children and youth, especially children and youth FROM poverty, to serve children and youth IN poverty.

Foundational Life-Principles to Serving Others:
We must insist on giving recipients of help a sense of purpose, significance, self-worth, competence, and voice by giving them the opportunity to serve others, especially those from extreme poverty.

End in Mind:
The implementation of a faith-based curriculum for youth in the states and abroad designed to educate, motivate, inspire, and empower youth to make a difference in the lives of others, especially children and youth of extreme poverty.

There are also educational modules for the public schools, such as the following North Little Rock academy:

NORTH LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
AN ORDINARY YOUTH’S ROAD MAP TO BEING AN EXTRAORDINARY PERSON
To FIGHT for KIDS of POVERTY in North Little Rock, Arkansas and Kitale, Kenya

GENERAL SESSION #1
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF JUST ONE ON ANOTHER

BREAKOUT LESSON #1
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA?

BREAKOUT LESSON #2
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

BREAKOUT LESSON #3
MAKE MINUTES MATTER

BREAKOUT LESSON #4
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF CARING/SERVING

BREAKOUT LESSON #5
THE BE-ATTITUTDES FOR ACTION

BREAKOUT LESSON #6
JUST ONE GENERAL SESSION REFLECTION

GENERAL SESSION #2
GO FORTH AND CARE/SERVE: THE COMMISSIONING