Visit to Nkunga, Kenya in September 2016      Pictures by Liz Anthony           HOME       Return to All my Pictures page                                                                      

Highfield Church, Southampton has been supporting the village of Nkunga under the auspices of Food for the Hungry since 2005.
Liz went with the first group in 2007 and returned for this last visit from 1st to 13th September this year.   For information on Food for the Hungry Click Here

Web Links: Highfield Church    Food for the Hungry (Kenya)     Ol Pejeta conservancy      Pictures of 2007 visit

Location of Meru. Nkunga is NorthWest of Meru on the road that goes North of Mt. Kenya National Park

The Highfield team: Andrew Mortimore; Edmund Sayer; Luke Roberts; Josh Sayer
Fiona Mortimore; Erica Roberts; Liz Moore; Elizabeth Anthony
Doug and Jackie Wakeling
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Home in Meru    The village of Nkunga Dinner time   At the Sacred Lake    Village work   Miscellaneous people   Safari  Pictures of 2007 visit

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Penina our housekeeper, cook and friend with our transport and driver, Paul;       Karenja, our security friend      Our bedroom. shared with Erica Roberts and Liz Moore.   We stayed in same house as in 2007 (click here for picture)

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The school water tank whose foundations were laid in our visit in 2007. The pipe connection to the roof has been damaged. A rubbish pit is being dug near the cookhouse
At the home of Tabitha (purple top) with Makena (red cap), Erica (seated), Mary (a neighbour) and Tabitha's children, Richmond, Maxwell and Faith.
Richmond, Maxwell and Faith                                                                                                                                    Our driver with Richmond
Second home visit;    Phyteness, our hostess, with Beatrice from Food for the Hungry                        Edmund making chappattis
Third home visit. This was a more developed building, the home of Raphael, Water tubs are filled by a piped water supply.         Raphael with Beatrice from Food for the Hungry
Raphael.                                                                                          His garden (off to see his pig)                                                      Sugar cane on right. Not sure what the purple fruits are
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School staff dishing up Grabbing a drink
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Our picnic  
The children's church event
On the way down to the lake Three aloof spectators
They could not keep away as food appeared
Some special people                                                                                                                                             Beatie
On with the dance
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Work at the village school     Top of Pics
Planting a shrubbery  
Digging a rubbish pit for the school (for burning plastic etc). Luke is foreman  
Josh leading the team for clearing up the rocks. The buildings are: school cookhouse, classrooms at rear, new staff room on the right. The foreground tinroof building is the old nursery
Josh and his team collecting rubbish to burn in the new pit Putting up the first beehive to ward off elephants
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People, miscellaneous (could not think of better title)      Top of Pics
Lunch at a hotel
Trainee teachers from Meru training college visiting the school for their induction day Liz with Charity, Purity, Josephine and Saidesh (in white)
Josh and Luke online Lunch at the Ol Pejeta Consrvancy
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This was in the Ol Pejeta conservancy in the north of Mt. Kenya National Park  
  Rhino guarding Makena's mobile phone dropped into its enclosure
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Food for the Hungry (from their website)                             TOP


Although Kenya is the biggest and most advanced economy in east and central Africa, and has an affluent urban minority, it has a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.519, ranked 145 out of 186 in the world. Nkunga is a poor community occupying 3 square kilometers on the edge of the Mount Kenya Forest in the centre of Kenya. The land is hilly with thick brush and very stony volcanic soil. Agriculture is the only means of livelihood. There is no health centre and people have to walk 5 km for medical services.


Since 2005, in partnership with Highfield Church Southampton, FH have been working in Nkunga. The vision of the project is for the holistic transformation of the community and its people, so that they are progressing towards their God-given potential. FH is focusing on the churches, leaders and families in order to restore broken relationships and build their capacity to be agents of change in their community and to respond to each others needs in a sustainable way.


Achievements have included the following:

  • Training on drought resistant farming to improve diet and maximize land use.
  • Introducing Toggenburg goats which produce better quality milk and meat to improve the local goats. Local community members have also been trained in constructing sheds, rearing goats, cross-breeding and nutrition.
  • Both the nursery and primary schools have seen increased enrollment. Classrooms and equipment have been improved and water tanks and latrines built. New after school clubs have been developed in drama, poetry, dancing, farming and others. An education club called "Pamaoja Tumaweza" (Together We Can) has promoted leadership and self-esteem.
  • Activities have addressed health issues in the community. Regular health checks and feeding programmes have been initiated for children in partnership with the primary school. Health and hygiene education has been carried out for new mothers and an Anti-Aids club established to improve awareness and reduce stigma.
  • Self-help groups and income generating associations have increased income for families in a sustainable way.
  • FH have helped the community manage a water project to improve access to water and reduce health and sanitation issues.

FH seek to tackle root causes of poverty addressing physical and spiritual poverty until the change created can be sustained. Supported by Highfield Church, the Nkunga community has made measurable progress since 2005 such that within the next couple of years FH will be able to exit the community. A graduation event to praise God and celebrate the transformation that has happened is scheduled for 2017.


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Note Car?? is Lavinia Phillips
The house (below) is where we lived in 2007 and in 2016      TOP
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