FUM News Blog

2D Annual Sessions: Yearly Meetings Finding New Ways to Gather, Worship and Work​

Friends are innovating at digital speeds to adapt to the threats of a global pandemic. Friends are going online to join virtual meetings for worship, meetings for business, camping and youth programs, pastors’ support groups, prayer groups, fundraisers, and webinars. And for the first time this year, many FUM Yearly Meetings and Associations held their annual sessions online.

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Job Posting: Search for AMO Operations Manager

The FUM Africa Ministries Office (Kisumu) seeks a dynamic,highly-organized junior professional to join the staff team as an Operations Manager. This person will be responsible for overall office running, financial transactions, bookkeeping, and tracking of plans, tasks, and deadlines. The other members of the team will look to this person to complement their skills by providing practical organization of the team’s work so that the ministries of FUM can flourish.

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FCPT Partnership Distributes Sewing Machines to Kakamega Refugees

Turkana Friends Mission Director John Moru and Friends Church Peace Team (FCPT) coordinator Getry Agizah recently distributed ten new sewing machines to Friends women in Kakuma Refugee Camp, the largest refugee camp in the world, with nearly 200,000 people currently sheltering there. Thanks to the outreach efforts of the Turkana Friends Mission, Friends now have four churches inside the camp.

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On Mt. Elgon, COVID-related Pregnancies are Increasing. FCPT is Working to Prevent Them.

On Mt. Elgon, rising teenage pregnancy is one of the unforeseen consequences of measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Friends Church Peace Team has been active in the communities on Mt. Elgon for nearly a decade and is trusted by many who don't trust the government or other social agencies. Now they are working to educate young women—and young men—about health, sexuality, and dignity.

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African Collaborative Honors Kenyan Wazee

The African COVID-19 Collaboration carried out by FUM, FWCC, and Friends Church Kenya sought to honor a number of former Quaker leaders. Several of these folks were in their 80s and 90s. They are homebound and potentially especially susceptible to the spread of the virus.Leaders of the Collaborative presented these wazee with a large care package that included food like rice, shelf-stable milk packets, sugar, tea, drinking chocolate, cooking oil, uji porridge, baking flour, green grams (mung beans). Additionally, they received thirty disposable facemasks, 500ml of hand sanitizer, a duvet quilt, and a sturdy container for it all.

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Lindi School Undertakes Significant Renovation During COVID-19 Hiatus

The Lindi Friends School in Nairobi's Kibera slum is undertaking significant renovations during the Hiatus imposed by COVID-19 schooling restrictions. These upgrades include major renovation projects that were long overdue. Improvements include plastered walls and replacing the dirt floors in ground floor classrooms with concrete. The primary staircase has been widened, walls painted, signs made, as well as broken doors and windows replaced. The latrines will be rebuilt, and a leaky roof repaired. 

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