FUM News Blog

FUM Visits Ciudad Victoria

On November 27, 2023, Iglesia de Los Amigos Ciudad Victoria celebrated their 150th anniversary. It was a time of joyful celebration and sorrow as they remembered many of their ancestors that are no longer among us. During the service, the youngest family member went up to share how many generations their family had been in the church. Most of the church had been members for three to five generations. There were many tears among the attenders as they remembered their great-grandparents, grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles praying in that sanctuary, or weddings, funerals, and baby dedications.

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Baragoi Friends Church a Beacon of Hope

In Kenya, Baragoi is a name which inspires fear when mentioned—it is a place that outsiders associate with death, aggressiveness, and unfriendliness. With a nickname like “valley of death,” it is easy to imagine that the moment you step into Baragoi you will be killed.Baragoi is in Samburu County, at least a two- to three-hour drive high on the plains above Maralal.

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A Response to the Lindi School Fire

Friends from the Lindi School, Nairobi Yearly Meeting, and Friends United Meeting are making plans for returning the Lindi School to functioning. The immediate plan is to have students resume classes on Monday. Two classes will be held in temporary structures on site, several classes will relocate to the Kibria Friends Church, and the students who are preparing to take the national examination will be integrated with the Friends School Ngong Road. A long-term plan is being developed for reconstruction. Given that the fire destroyed all books, school supplies, kitchen equipment, and furnishings, FUM has released $9000 from the Solidarity Fund to provide an immediate response. Friends who want to support this emergency response are invited to contribute

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George Fox Students Visit Mt. Elgon

Nursing Students from George Fox University, led by their professor, Eloise Hocket, in collaboration with Friends Church Peace Team Coordinator Getry Agizah and Friends Church Kenya Education Secretary Ben Nasikungu, conducted a six-day health education training in seven Quaker schools across Kenya's Mt.Elgon region. The six-day training in different schools covered menstrual and reproductive health, first aid training, and dental hygiene. The team of six nurses visited both boys and girls schools and conducted the relevant trainings in each school.

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FCPT Puts Forward Election Observers

With barely a month left to the August 9 General Elections in Kenya, a number of electoral processes have reached high octane with Kenya’s Electoral Commission and other electoral institutions finalizing preparations for the August polls.

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Conflict Affects Friends Near Samburu Border

Warfare and cattle rustling among pastoralists in the arid and semi-arid areas of northeastern Kenya date back well into pre-colonial times. The border between the Samburu and Pokot communities has been plagued by perennial fighting over dwindling pasture and consequent retaliatory attacks. Not only are lives lost in these clashes, but properties are also destroyed, and residents are sometimes left homeless.

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