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Bringing Hope (and a Home)

Jane Gathigia Mwangi is a single mother currently living on a piece of land which the family inherited from their parents. She has lived in this piece of land for more than 25 of her 65 years. She is a mother of two: James Mwangi (40 years old) who is married with two daughters (one is doing casual jobs in Nairobi and the other is hoping to join college); and Teresia Wangu who is married with four Kids (two in high school and two in primary school).

As is customary, James Mwangi settled in the same piece of land in faith they were also heirs. Both mother and son are peasant farmers and casual laborers.

In April of this year, she was shocked when she received a notice to vacate from the ancestral piece of land together with her family before December this year. Legally the land is registered under the ownership of her elder brother. She received the notice from her elder brother accompanied by the local administration.

Her family, the church, and some members of the community have raised funds to see both families settle. So far, they have secured a piece of land. They have timber houses with iron sheet roofing which is worn out and non-transferable.

As the time they were given to vacate drew near, the two families were staring into the future with uncertainty. The church (Birisha Baptist and ACK Birisha) has been supportive but limited in resources to support with housing.

By God's grace, this family came to our knowledge at just the right time.

The plan was for the Sunbelt team to work alongside the church members to construct a home for Jane Wednesday and Thursday this week. Because we were able to finish the work at Lamuria School a day early, we were able to start building her home today.

What a blessing to be able to make such a difference in the lives of this family!


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