Revd Elema is a changemaker, a pioneer, a leader and a woman of God. She is supporting women in Marsabit in finding their voice and releasing their potential.
Here in Chelmsford Diocese we have the privilege of being invited into that story. Continuing from the 2020 Lent Appeal, over the next year we will be walking alongside Elema and the women of Marsabit as they continue to challenge the prevailing gender norms by training and equipping local people in savings schemes, literacy, numeracy and business skills. Tools that transform lives.
Life in Marsabit is one of serious challenge. Situated in northern Kenya, it’s a dry and arid region where the majority live below the national poverty line of less than £25 a month. Alongside this, devastating impacts of climate change and the scarcity of water and pasture have left many vulnerable to food insecurity.
In addition, only 28% of women and 47% of men are literate. In a place where women often missed out on any formal education and have no rights to own assets or land, your support will give women new opportunities to overcome the barriers they face.
We want to raise enough throughout this year long journey to train twelve groups across Marsabit in literacy, numeracy and basic business skills.
This will enable groups, predominantly of women, to create savings and loans co-operatives, which will help them to become more financially independent, develop businesses and ensure that their children can access educationfor themselves.
Five Talents will be working closely with our link diocese in Marsabit, and particularly the Mother’s Union to achieve this goal.
We launched this year long campaign with a special webinar. We were joined by the Rt Revd Daniel Qampicha, the Bishop of Marsabit, Rachel Lindley, CEO of Five Talents UK, and Revd Elema and Joseph Gubo who run the project in Marsabit.
It was a chance to learn more about our partner diocese in Kenya and to share in the story first hand.
Watch the launch in the video below.
Donations can be made online by clicking the ‘Donate now’ button below or by sending a cheque made payable to The Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Finance (CDBF) with ‘Bishop's Appeal’ on the reverse to Bishop's Appeal, Diocese of Chelmsford, 53 New Street, Chelmsford CM1 1AT.