Nanyuki is a market town in the Central-East Rift Valley region of Kenya lying northwest of Mt. Kenya. It is situated along the equator, in the centre of the nation, at an elevation of 1,947m above sea level. Founded by British settlers during the early days of colonial Kenya in 1907, some of their descendants still live in the area. Today, Nanyuki is multicultural and the market centre for farms, ranches, game parks, and wildlife conservancies in the region. The people here are burdened with unreliable rainfall, crop pests and diseases. HIV/AIDS and malaria are also very common.
Baraka means 'blessing' in the Kiswahili language. The Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) Brothers manage this Chalice Sponsor Site where educational programmes are given priority. The Site runs programmes to empower women, men, and youth in the community. The Baraka Youth Association works to engage youth and men and there are 16 micro-financing groups which enable women to invest in small business, fulfil their families’ immediate needs and act quickly in emergencies. The Agricultural Programs organized by Chalice are a huge boost for everyone. The farm-input seminars and assistance given in the form of fertilizer and seeds are promoting greater food security in the region.
Mission - Baraka
In the Chalice Sponsor Site of Baraka, dedicated efforts are taken to improve the educational standard of children and develop a healthy community. There is a focus on imparting moral and religious values through sharing Jesus.
Sponsorship in Baraka
Baraka works to establish and maintain a Sponsor Site that responds to the needs of people struggling with the effects of poverty, in particular, the lack of basic education, nutrition, clothing, housing, and health. Social Workers mobilize the community to work together. Common initiatives are taken up by their mission and values. The Chalice Sponsor Site of Baraka works to build a unified community that respects and honours the traditions of all tribes and fosters peace and understanding.