As we have stepped out into various communities across the world, God has highlighted specific areas for us to sow into. MERCY Projects are our way of tangibly meeting different needs in the communities that we are invested in.
Cages of hope
Shine began Cages of Hope as a way to empower women into business, and help them in providing for their families.
In the village of Usenge, fishing is the primary source of income for many people. In this specific region of Kenya, however, there is a large population of people who are affected by HIV. As a result, there are many widows who are left with the responsibility of providing for their families. Because of this, many fisherman in the area have began to demand sex from women in exchange for fish.
This is why we began Cages of Hope. Currently, we have put about 6 cages in Lake Victoria. Each cage can hold up to 1,700 fish. These cages have allowed local women to not only have a consistent source of income, but also provide food for their families.
Luuya Primary School
Dr. Sammy grew up in a small village outside of Kitale, and attended Luuya Primary School. Although he has moved far away from home, he has not forgotten his roots.
Over the past few years, Shine has heard about some of the struggles that Luuya was facing. Primarily, providing quality learning environments for their students.
Every Friday the students of Luuya (about 700 in total) are tasked with spreading cow dung on their classroom floors. This is just one of the ways that the students are affected by their lack of a permanent buildings, and quality facilities.
Shine has committed to financially partnering with Luuya in providing permanent learning facilities, in order that the students of Luuya can have the best opportunity to grow and learn.
Osingo Secondary School
During our most recent mission to Migori, members of our team had the privilege of meeting 10 students from Osingo. When we heard their stories, we knew God was calling us to help.
On our mission to Migori this past January, we had the privilege of stopping at Osingo Secondary School. During our time at the school, we saw over 300 students give their lives to Jesus!
While we were there, we had the chance to hear some of the students stories. Specifically, we met 10 students who were orphans. All 10 of these students were seniors and struggling to find funds to finish secondary school.
We felt God calling us to help them pay for their schooling.