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Abundant Life Campaign

Abundant Life Campaign

Please join us in our effort to love and to serve the children of Made in the Streets (MITS) through the “Abundant Life Campaign.” 

Fifteen Pepperdine students, along with Drs. Donna Nofziger and Loan Kim from the Natural Science Division and University Registrar Hung Le, will engage in a life-transforming experience this summer as they serve and learn with the children at Made in the Streets (MITS) in Nairobi, Kenya.

We are seeking to raise $10,000 to help provide shoes and food for the street children who come to MITS’ Eastleigh Center for various programs. For most of these children, the meal they receive at MITS might be the only real meal they get all week.  We also plan to provide critically needed shoes for them, affording these children a bit more protection in their life on the streets.

We will work with the MITS staff and students to help develop a comprehensive nutritional feeding plan, enhance MITS’ ability to become even more self-sustaining with its farms, and support the development of their health assessment infrastructure.

We will also host two science camps with current street children, giving them a respite from the harsh realities of street life. We also look to support and strengthen MITS’ ongoing efforts to provide for the neediest children, to rescue them from the harsh realities of street life, and to provide hope and love to those toward whom much of the world turn a blind eye.

We look forward to be actively engaged in the mission of Jesus, as He articulated in John 10:10, to bring abundant life and to allow ourselves to be transformed by His miraculous work in the lives of these amazing children.

All fully tax-deductible contributions to the “Abundant Life Campaign” of Pepperdine’s Impact for Good Fund will go toward Pepperdine-led projects that will directly benefit the children of Made in the Streets. We invite you to join us on this life-transforming journey.

For more information regarding the "Abundant Life Campaign," please contact Hung Le at hung.le@pepperdine.edu.

For more information regarding Made in the Streets, please continue reading.

Made in the Streets (MITS) is an organization and a ministry which rescues street children from the slums of Nairobi, Kenya and provides these children with a new life filled with hope and a bright future. The mission of MITS is to love and serve children from the streets of Nairobi, Kenya - meeting their physical, emotional & spiritual needs; loving them fully; equipping them to earn a living & sending them out to a new life.

The street children are often abandoned, abused, and/or orphaned. Some of them come from families that do not have enough to feed them, so they resort to living on the streets, begging and scavenging for food to survive. Life on the streets is cruel and harsh. These children often live on garbage because it is a source of food as well as scraps that they can scavenge to sell. Rotting garbage produces methane, which can serve as a source of heat on cold nights.

The street children often become addicted to streets drugs, the most common of which are kerosene, glue and bang (marijuana). They are often seen huffing glue from bottles practically stuck to their faces or sniffing kerosene-soaked rags. The glue or kerosene helps to stave off the terrible hunger pains that they feel from the lack of food and little hope of being able to get anything to eat.

In addition to scavenging for their own food, the children must also find ways to make money to pay the adult members of their bases, or living communities, who are supposed to help keep them safe. They live in a society which despises the poor and have very little hope of escaping the life to which they have been sentenced merely by the geography of their birth.

MITS’ inner-city programs operate in Eastleigh, the skid row of Nairobi. The staff at the Eastleigh Center scour the streets to minister to children and others in need. The staff members are trained to perform basic first aid, teach Bible studies, provide food, counsel, and recreation. They also assist the older kids to get national identity cards so they can get jobs, care for young mothers, and work with conflict resolution among the bases and their members. A major part of the Eastleigh ministry is the identification of children who seek to build a new life, free from drugs and filled with hope. After a thorough vetting and transition process that include getting off of drugs and meeting all governmental requirements for admission to the MITS program, the children are brought to Kamulu, a village about 45 minutes outside of Nairobi, where they would live, learn, develop and prepare for a productive life.

Many of the staff are former street children whose lives had been transformed by the work of MITS. Their funding is provided by the generosity of people from throughout the world. The Otter Creek Church in Brentwood, Tennessee serves as the sponsoring U.S. congregation. A board of directors serves as the governing body. The staff in Kenya, led by Francis Mbuvi, a former street kid, runs the organization there.

More information on MITS can be found at https://www.madeinthestreets.org/ .



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