|The Seje Project|
Creating Sustainable Villages
Creating Sustainable Lives Through Jesus Christ
Community Bible Church is partnering with the community of Seje, which is a cluster of villages on the western edge of Kenya, Africa. This is a long term initiative where we are working alongside the community leaders to help develop a sustainable community.
You can see our video of our team’s April 2011 trip to Seje on YouTube.
Tax Deductible Donations can be made by sending a cheque to Community Bible Church, designating that the donation is targeted to the Seje project. Shortly you will also be able to donate through PayPal.
To Be Announced!
Check out the results of the 2012 edition of the Sow Good Sale
Walk for Water- June 23rd
Thank you to everyone who supported the Walk for Water through both time and donations. This event was a great success, raising $7,627.18 to go towards CBC water mission initiative for Seje, Kenya, Africa. This money will be allocated to an accessbile water and filtration system to provide people in the community with clean water.
Garage Sale - June 16th
Thanks to great weather, the abundance of gently loved items donated by you and your friends, the many people who were able and willing to price, deliver donated items, set up, sell and tear down, and a great turn out of shoppers, we are thrilled to announce that the garage sale raised just over $1040. This money will be used to offset the expenses that are incurred to put on The Sow Good Sale 2012.
Sow Good Sale 2012 Information Night - Tuesday, February 21st at 7 P.M. in the Loft
Come and see the unveiling of new areas for 2012 fundraiser, the many ways you can get involved, and find out which Seje project initiative profits will be going towards! Share your ideas while enjoying some coffee and dessert. We look forward to seeing those who can make it out for this information evening. If you have any questions, please contact Judy Peasley; 613--283-2377
“ Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion...” 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 (NIV)
December 2011: You can now check out pictures taken by Silas and Kimberly in Seje by clicking here.
November 2011: November has been an amazing month for us in terms of phenomenal support from CBC and the community as well as progress in Seje.
The final numbers are in and through much hard work and dedication in both the Church and Community we raised an impressive $10,000 through The Sow Good Sale. We are now able to allocate some of the funds raised to building a "multipurpose hall” for the children in Seje to use for school. The picture to the left is from the neighbouring community of Yogo that is similar to how the structure will look.
We would like to thank all of those who came together over the last few months to help bring the Sow Good Sale to life Saturday, November 12th. With a tremendous amount of volunteers and hours spent in organizing and running the event, the Sow Good Sale was a huge success and plans are already in discussion for next year's Sow Good Sale. Not only did the sale prove to be a great fundraising initiative for The Seje Project, it served as a wonderful outreach to the community. An article about the sale was even featured on the CHRI website.
Repairs have begun on the 10 huts belonging to needy widows within Seje. Included in these repairs is the replacement of leaky grass thatch roofs with tin. With six of the huts now complete, it is our hope that the remaining huts be completed by the end of December.
We recognize that the community of Seje does not have water readily available to them as the only source of water is a not-very-clean river two kilometers away. In efforts to overcome the challenge of clean and accessible water, we have contracted Water Missions International to investigate viable solutions for Seje. Water Missions International is an organization we encountered through 410 Bridge who specializes in identifying water solutions in difficult circumstances. They will be visiting the community mid-December to conduct an analysis. We hope to gain useful information in hopes of proceeding with a viable solution.
For more information and details about the school see the October update below
October 2011: Kimberly, Silas, and their son Ephraim have now settled into their new village house in Kenya. As can be expected, there are a number of challenges when moving to an African village but they are following God’s direction and we are praying that He will bless their work. And it will be an immense help to us to have someone on the ground managing our projects in Seje. CBC is one of the sponsors of Silas’ mission initiatives.
We were also pleased to find that the community leaders in Seje have initiated their fund raising to purchase two acres of land that will be owned by the community to hold the school and other community facilities. They have raised enough for a down payment and volunteers are already working on clearing the land. It is hoped that we can build a school some time in the next 12-18 months.
Additionally, the CBO has identified 10 widows whose huts are in dire shape and their thatch roofs are leaking which is most unpleasant during the rainy season. With our support, the CBO has contracted local builders to repair the houses with tin roofs.
We are still looking at how the water problem can be addressed. An organization from the US called 410 Bridge met with CBC to describe their mission work in Kenya and discussed ways we might partner with them. One area of expertise is water. We are in the process of contracting the water experts they use to visit Seje and identify solutions to bring water to the community.
Sept 2011: We are in the final stages for completing our project plan for this year, highlighting our major initiatives. The document will be released by the end of September.
Sept 2011: The school has started. The Community Based Organization has selected 30 of the community’s neediest children to start in nursery school. A teacher and a cook have been hired and the children are now being fed. The school year formally starts in January but preliminary classes have started now. The children are temporarily meeting in a church until a school is built, estimated to be completed in 2013.
Aug 2011: We have put together an emergency fund to be administered by the Seje CBO. This initiative will start in September and will run on a 3 month evaluation basis. The objective is to provide support to address temporary urgent needs (e.g., hospital visits, drugs, food and water for the sick and their dependents).
July 2011: We just received a hydrogeological report that indicated that the prospects of drilling a sustainable well is low so we will need to investigate alternative means to providing potable water to the community. This also complicates our YouFeedThem agriculture project since we do not have a plan for providing water for the irrigation system.
April 2011: A team from CBC just travelled to Seje in collaboration with a YouFeedThem team. It was a truly amazing trip where we witnessed God’s blessings every day. For more details on the trip, please look at the Seje project document.
The CBC team with Silas Oduor (our liaison with Seje)