Villagers Defend Us from Attackers
By Thomas Keown
Right from the beginning of building our first home we were careful and patient to build strong relationships with our neighbors and progress at a pace that would make sure we were seen as part of the community and never as ‘outsiders’.
Simple things like providing fresh water, access to mangos from our trees, basic splints and bandages if someone was hurt and couldn’t treat themselves. Just being a good neighbor really.
When some thieves attacked our school construction site earlier this month we saw, once again, the value of those relationships our Kenyan staff team so slowly built up, and we saw the close bond our neighbors have with us and the girls.
You may have heard rumors of the attack and so, now that we know all the facts, we want to share them with you, and then invite you to help us provide extra security to keep our girls even safer.
Here’s a report from our staff ‘on the ground’ in their words:
“We have now established that the motive of the attack was purely theft and not related to any of the news reports you have probably seen in recent months about two violent incidents several hours up the coast from us.
Their first move was to attack the watchman, who would have been the stumbling block for their mission. He was badly wounded as he tried to escape. He is recovering from a bad back injury. Please be praying for him.
The villagers in a desperate attempt to save the watchman, attacked and killed one of the criminals and badly wounded another. The community spirit in this village is commendable. The police came in within no time and arrested the injured criminal. He is helping them with investigations.
In the interest of security for the girls and everyone else, and with a lot of consultations, we have hired the services of a security company. This means an extra cost, but it had to be done.
We have lived in this community for over ten years now, and we have never had any incidences of crime. The sudden change is worrying. But we can probably guess why.
With all the insecurity in the coastal region in the recent past, thugs are bound to take advantage. We are earnestly praying that peace will prevail and things will go back to normal, but for now we have to do whatever we can to ensure the safety of the children and the property you have helped us acquire. So join us in this prayer.
And thanks again to you for being there. Sincere appreciation to the trustees, the board members, the staff and our international family for being there, for the tireless efforts to follow up the matter, for praying, for calling and for all.
God richly bless you.”
Mudzini Kwetu Staff
If you would like Partner with us in providing extra safety:
The costs of the new security system will be:
System installation (home and school per month): $345
Nighttime security guard (home per month): $341
Nighttime security guard (school site per month): $341
The total to make these two sites secure and provide peace of mind is: $1027 per month
If 99 people commit to $11 per month we can rest easy
If 50 people commit to $21 per month we can rest easy.
If 25 people commit to $42 per month we can rest easy
To provide this safety system for the children, click here
And thank you! And onwards.