Children in Kijabe, Kenya are living in some of the worst conditions on our planet. Many have been orphaned by AIDS and suffer from extreme malnutrition and preventable, water-borne illnesses.
Most families cannot afford to send their children to school, and for those who can, it often requires miles of walking barefoot to get there. This is especially dangerous for girls because of a local myth that one can be cured from HIV/AIDS by raping a young girl. With help from people like you, we’re providing these at-risk children with nutritious meals, safe drinking water, medical care, school tuition and emotional support. Most importantly, we’re showing them how loved they are by God, teaching them to follow after Christ, and helping them realize their full, God-given potential.
Our program for children in Kijabe – Mama Beth’s – is named after a woman who cared for children in this area for decades. Mama Beth’s daughter, Jane Wathagana, is now director of the Forward Edge Children’s Program in Kenya.
Children in Kijabe, Kenya are facing seemingly insurmountable odds, but with the knowledge of Jesus they have hope for a bright future.
Jane is a native Kenyan who was born in Kijabe. Her family didn’t have much. Clothes and food were scarce as her mother was a single parent raising 12 children. Her passion for children really grew once her mother, Mama Beth, could no longer take care of the children in her program. Since 2006, she has overseen the ministry at Mama Beth’s and taking care of the roughly 70 children in the program. Jane loves to see the growth of young people and she believes in the potential they have.
What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge? I was drawn to the mission of Forward Edge because of their focus on vulnerable children. In addition to this, Forward Edge believes just as I do that education is the key to rescuing lives from poverty.
If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why? Nelson Mandela. He believes the same thing as I do. That education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. That’s why I’m so passionate about changing the poor conditions of our local schools and creating a space where the children can get quality education.
What is something about you others are often surprised to learn? That despite a successful business, I have chosen to work with the poor and vulnerable.
Any team of 10 or more is invited to serve in Kenya. Total trip cost for each team member is $1,995.
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Your team will work with Jane Wathagana, Mama Beth’s Program Director. Serving in Kenya can include meal preparation, leading a VBS, current construction projects, or visiting children and families in their homes. Some of our teams have served alongside local doctors and nurses to host a one-day medical clinic which benefits the local children and their families. Relational activities such as arts and crafts, music, games, gifts, or sharing your talents are strongly encouraged and can make a lasting impact in the lives of those we serve.
PASSPORTS:For entry into Kenya, a US passport and Kenyan visa (purchased 30 days prior to arrival) are required. If you already have a passport, please be sure that the expirati on date is at least six months past the date of your departure from Kenya.
TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation on location is included in your trip fee.
ACCOMODATIONS: In Nairobi, you will be staying at a 3-star Hotel. In Kijabe, our accommodations will be at an International guesthouse. Towels & linens are included in both locations, and both are in safe secure areas.
IMMUNIZATIONS: The government of Kenya does NOT require any shots or immunizations to enter the country. However, Forward Edge highly recommends that all team members are current in the tetanus vaccination, and that they consult a personal physician for further recommendations.
YELLOW FEVER: Please visit the CDC to understand the risks and recommendations associated with Yellow fever.
TEAM PACKS: Once team member registration is complete, Forward Edge will send individualized team packs including a Forward Edge
T-shirt, Team Member Manual, devotional, and other helpful information to each team member.
Team members have an option to participate in a 3-day private Safari at the beginning of their trip. This unique adventure encounters indigenous tribal people such as the Maasai and amazing wildlife in their natural habit. Featured Parks: Maasai Mara National Reserve. Price range $600 to $900 per person based on group size.
Sheri's Forward Edge experience began in 2000 when her ordinary family got a last-minute call that a missions organization needed help the following day for a weekend conference whose scheduled worship leader was unable to attend. Her family of five thought they were saying yes to a weekend, but God had additional plans. Just a few months later, David, Sheri's husband, took leave from his job for a three-week Forward Edge trip serving Kosovar widows alongside Albanian missionaries. From that point forward, broken for the broken-hearted and motivated by God through the humble servants at Forward Edge, David and Sheri began facilitating teams to different Forward Edge locations when they could. There were long dry periods of time that felt very ordinary — it seemed God was leading them to just be faithful in their ordinary lives — in the marketplace. And then there were times when God was asking for a little more. In 2005, they, along with their three kids, resigned from their jobs and ordinary lives and moved to Tiranë, Albania for a one-year assignment to serve and love this previously atheistic country and her people.
Back in the states, life continued ordinarily as they resumed day jobs (Sheri an engineer, David a surgical technologist), finished raising their kids, and facilitated Forward Edge teams. Since 2007 Sheri has worked in a local school district, most recently managing capital construction — building new schools and renovating existing ones. She is overjoyed to now be serving alongside the staff at headquarters, building for eternity instead!
Sheri is passionate to see the glory of God in people as they walk in freedom and confidence in who they were created to be, understanding His immense love for them. She is continually overwhelmed by His demonstration of His glory through the beauty of creation, whether watching the sunrise on the drive to work, kayaking with her husband on a Pacific Northwest lake, or hiking and camping in the mountains with their married kids.
What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?
The fact that God uses ordinary people to serve him with whatever they have!
If you could have dinner with any person in history (except Jesus) who would it be and why?
I would have dinner with my grandpa who died before I fully understood the power of prayer. A farmer and rural college maintenance man, tennis champ, and traveling worship leader himself (he played the saw!), I've heard stories all my life of his dedication to prayer for his family — I'd like to thank him and continue to learn from him.
What is something about you others are often surprised to learn?
People are usually surprised that I'm an engineer and got to work in San Diego right next to the ship where the Navy dolphins trained.
Hi! I’m Sheri, the Kenya Team Coordinator. I look forward to working with you to plan your life-changing week in Kenya!
If you’re interested in organizing a team of 10 or more, you can contact us by filling out the short form below. If you’re an individual looking to join a team, you can scroll through our list of open teams here.