The mission of Sister2Sister International Outreach Ministry, Inc. is to bring wholeness into the broken lives of women and children from all walks of life. Sister2Sister provides programs and assistance for women in many difficult situations in Kenya and in the USA. The overarching goal of Sister2Sister is to support women in living their dreams and to help them realize their inherent inner strength and beauty, transforming them into confident women of virtue and purpose. Another goal for Sister2Sister International Outreach is to give a home to the orphaned children in Ngong, Kenya. Through encouragement, prayer and standing in the gap for one another we will be able to help each other grow and become what God intended for us in the beginning.
Our largest project is building the Sister2Sister Children’s Home & School in Ngong, Kenya. Thousands of children in Kenya are homeless due to poverty, violence, drought, or illness such as HIV/AIDS. Kitale is estimated to have approximately 2,000 children living on the streets, where the average life expectancy is just 16 years old. Sister2Sister has established architecture plans, purchased a plot of land for the home, have secured a water source and are now working on the foundation. We are actively raising money to fund the rest of this project. Our total goal at completion is $250,000.
Starting January 2012, Sister2Sister International implemented a feeding program in Aruba, Kitale for hungry, homeless and disadvantaged children. Some of these children have disabilities and due to poverty their mothers are unable to provide nutritious meals for them. We shall serve substantial, nutritious meals each day at the Full Gospel Church in Aruba. Currently 81 children are being fed and cared for daily by Sister2Sister International Outreach Ministry. Sister2Sister is eager to help many more in the future.
By giving women a hand-up instead of a hand-out, we encourage them to become entrepreneurs through micro-financing their efforts to become financially independent. Women who receive a micro loan are required to pay the loan back. Sponsors may read profiles of these women and specifically choose who they’d like to support. We hope to have these profiles on our website soon! If you would like to hear more about these entrepreneurial women, please stop by our store Umoja on Trade St to learn more.
Pen Pal Program
The Pen Pal Project is a letter writing initiative of Sister2Sister encouraging people to communicate with women and children in Kenya. Through letter writing we share our pain and struggles with others and when they reply we learn that we have a lot in common. The art of letter writing has died since computers have become easily accessible These letters are hand written so the women and children can go back and read them over and over again, improving reading and writing skills. Let’s write letters of hope to those who are suffering in far away lands and encourage them. St. John’s Lutheran School in Winston-Salem, NC is currently writing letters to the children in the feeding program in Kenya. The Kenyan children they are writing to also send letters back to them. Many of them are students who will live in the Sister2Sister Children’s Home & School in Ngong, Kenya when it is completed.
Sister2Sister rents farmland where the women work together to grow crops that they then sell in the local markets and share the earnings. Unity is strength, by working together the bond between these sisters has grown stronger and now they are setting higher goals for the future. You can help us rent more acreage so that they can increase the produce hence more income. We also provide pesticides to ensure that the crops are safe from pests that could destroy the crops. Team up with us and let’s give each one of these ladies another chance at life. United we stand, divided we fall.
Mothers of Disabled Children
Sister2Sister brings women with disabled children together for emotional support where they meet others with similar needs and realize that they are not alone.The society stereotypes and stigmatizes these women and they end up being marginalized and rejected. We encourage them to look at their children as blessings. Until we have accepted the human truth that we are all created equal, we have not succeeded. Disability is not inability.
Currently, Sister2Sister has numerous prayer centers where women come together to pray for their needs and each other. During these fellowships, the women open up to one another and discuss their problems. Sister2Sister is helping pay rent for these centers. Healing is already taking place through these fellowships. This is the most rewarding outreach of all because we know that prayers changes things.
Mission Trips to Kenya
Sister2Sister will take those willing to visit the mission fields in Kenya on a two-week mission trip. This will take place in July and October each year if funding permits.