Kenya Families need YOUR help. Nothing will help the people of Kenya more than uniting and strengthening its families.
“Parenting is a major challenge to many families because when you look at the society you will realize that all the ills are emanating from irresponsible parenting.”
Help the Worldwide Organization for Women and the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops send renowned parenting expert Nicholeen Peck and Teaching Self-Government to train the families of Kenya in a system of parenting that will change the country of Kenya forever. (For more information about Nicholeen Peck and the Teaching Self-Government model of parenting see http://teachingselfgovernment.com)
The Catholic church in Nairobi will host Nicholeen for this training this November.
This project is a "teach the people to fish" type of project. Nicholeen Peck is going to give her knowledge away. She is going to for free train 69 Kenyan facilitators and trainers how to teach families self-government principles and they they will carry the project throughout the country. When interviewed about the project Nicholeen said, "It's all about impact. Everything I teach is for everyone to find more freedom and happiness. Poor family relationships lead to bondage."
The project will take Nicholeen and her family three weeks because various three to four day trainings will need to occur. Nicholeen will also speak to groups of people in multiple universities and to people of multiple faiths.
These are the 15 things the Kenyan Conference of Catholic Bishops sees as problems needing to be solved by good parenting and strong marriage relationships.
1. Communication with children especially during adolescent stage on human sexuality.
2. Rebellion among clan. Which is highlighted by the number of strikes.
4. Addressing developmental changes that young people go through.
5. Teenage emotional changes.
6. Radicalization by secular ideas.
7. Socialization of children in families.
8. Handling in helpful behavior.
9. Peer pressure.
10. Bridging the gap from when joining school thus:
Nursery age - to class one
Primary eight - form one
Form four to University
11. Addressing issues of rites of passage
12. Alcoholism and drug abuse.
13. HIV AIDS in families.
14. Absent parents.
I 5. Media influence. among others.
Your kind gift for this project will pay for production of a Kenyan booklet for distribution, teaching supplies, airfare for the trainers, living expenses for the three weeks in Kenya and ongoing training that will take place virtually, etc.
Consider the below article from the Kenya AMECEA news concerning this project:
The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops through the office of Family Life has expressed deep commitments to embark on programs geared towards good parenting and journeying with couples. The National Family Life coordinator at KCCB, Mrs. Theresa Mera Abuya revealed this to AMECEA Online News during an interview at her office in Nairobi.
According to Abuya, the conference has identified two main issues that currently pose danger to the family and which the conference plans to pay close attention to.
“Parenting is a major challenge to many families because when you look at the society you will realize that all the ills are emanating from irresponsible parenting.” She said adding that parents are busy looking for resource for the families at the expense of quality time together leaving the children in the care of nannies, PlayStations and television hence the disconnect and lack of family essence.
The second major challenge that the conference intend to address is the issue of journeying with the couples from courtship to marriage and after marriage because divorce and separation rates are alarming according to Abuya.
“Marriage in today’s society has been reduced to fulfillment of gaps in people’s lives for instance, financial security or need to sire kids, the real meaning of marriage, which is companionship has completely been lost,” she said.
It is against this backdrop that the National Family Life office intends to carry out a number of activities to address these challenges. The programs are meant to be carried out from the diocese and trickled down to parishes in order to have great impact.
Mrs. Abuya said that lack of finances has big a big challenge to implementing planned activities, which includes organizing yearly national couples’ retreats, training family life educators from each diocese, training catechists from the dioceses who handle most of the issues to do with family life; training natural family planning trainers from the dioceses and coordinating dioceses on family life.
The office is currently involved in mobilization of funds to support its initiatives. Led by the Bishop Chairman of the KCCB Family Life, Rt. Rev Salesius Mugambi, the national office held a funds drive on 6th June, to raise money to enable the office roll out its program in all the Dioceses. Through the fund drive, the office managed to collect one million Kenyan Shillings (USD 10, 500) which Mrs. Abuya said was far from their target but will go a long way. She is hoping that the program will be self-sustainable and also form good wills.
Source: Pamela Adinda, AMECEA Online News
The $10,500 USD the Kenyans have raised is meant to be used to bring the people who will take the training into the city by bus and give them shelter, as well as to run the program after Nicholeen and her trainers leave. So, the money to get Nicholeen there to do the teaching for the three week period of time is up to The Worldwide Organization For Women and people like you who care about strengthening families around the world as a means to solve many of the social ills the world is facing today.
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