PCAT also works in partnership with a number of other agencies, in particular with the Anglican diocese of Mbeere, part of the Anglican communion. The diocese, under the leadership of Bishop Moses Nthukah, has established a number of initiatives to support sustainable development in the diocese.
Makutano Children’s Home is in the diocese of Mbeere. It provides accommodation for a group of boys whose families are no longer able to support them due to a variety of reasons including losing parents to Aids and family breakdowns. Makutano Children’s Home started in 2004 and was officially opened in 2010 by the Archbishop of Kenya. Members of St Mary’s church, Woodford, Essex in the UK provide regular support for the young people in the home, in particular to help with the cost of secondary education. All funds raised by St Mary’s for the home are managed by the Peter Cowley Africa Trust, and the Trust collects Gift Aid on all such donations.
To be deaf in rural Kenya can bring great challenges. Many families will believe they have been cursed if a deaf child is born to them. As a result, deaf children can be neglected, abused and stigmatised. Many don't access education. It was this problem that the Mothers' Union of the ACK Diocese of Mbeere wanted to address. With a primary school for the deaf in the diocese, they wanted to build a secondary school. With the support of a team of volunteers in the UK, known as Project Riandu Volunteers, they started building a secondary school in 2014. The school now has 80 students with basic facilities and continues to grow.
With fundraising ongoing, Project Riandu aims to provide high-quality facilities to enable the life-changing benefits of education for thousands of deaf teenagers for years to come. With the help of supporters in the UK and Kenya, Project Riandu hopes to raise the capacity of the school to 150 students.
Donations for the project will be managed by the Peter Cowley Africa Trust and the Trust will collect Gift Aid on all donations made to it for Project Riandu. To find out more, please contact Ali Mbugua.