Meru is a town very near the equator at an altitude of approximately 5,000 feet. It is the commercial capital of northern and eastern regions and Kenya’s sixth largest urban centre. Both school drop-out and drug abuse rates amongst youth are high. Meru Sub-Site provides help to those in need of extra educational assistance. Group programming provides youths and adults with a place for learning and playing games, music, and activities aimed at promoting their growth, keeping them safe and away from harmful influences.
The Chalice Meru Sponsor Site has been run by the Good Shepherd Sisters since June 1999. The Site currently operates in three towns, Meru (KJE), Kangeta (KGS), and Itimene (TUM). Most children live at home with their parents. Through eRoots and Chalice micro-finance, parents and guardians are developing skills and their livelihoods are improving.
Mission - Meru
The mission of the Sisters is aimed towards women and children who are wounded by life's circumstances, injustices, oppression, and living on the edge of society. Kenyan culture is strongly male dominated; only 1% of women own land and their education is not encouraged. The Chalice Sponsor Site of Meru believes that every child with an education is a child with a future. It is their hope that all sponsored children be educated, self-reliant members of society, going forth with the dignity and self-confidence only knowledge brings.
Sponsorship in Meru
Primary education is free in Kenya, but to most families, the cost of maintenance fees, uniforms and supplies is crippling. Through the Chalice Direct Family Funding (DFF) Sponsorship Program, these needs are met, as well as those of the family. The children are provided with a noon meal and additional food supplies are sent home. Parents and siblings receive medical care under the Programme to offset the burden this type of expense would be. Blankets and other needed items are given to the children each year at Christmas.