Being in Kenya is surreal.
Holding babies and loving on girls we’ve prayed for daily feels so right. It’s like home away from home.
More than anything, I want you to experience this place, I want to walk you into this home and point out the baby toys you’ve bought and the blankets you’ve knitted and the goodness that has come from what you have done. I want you to see that every dollar you’ve given has gone to make the lives of those in extreme poverty and devastating trauma much better.
So, here’s Mercy House by the numbers:
How many cloth diapers does our home use in a day? 40+
280+ week (every baby has 18)
How many chickens do we have? 6
How many eggs do they lay a day? 3
How many roosters crow at 4:30 AM every morning? 2
How many mean chickens have we eaten so far? 1
How many lentils (known as green grahams) are consumed in a month? 1 million
How many pounds of meat (beef, chicken, liver, and fish) are consumed each month? 88 pounds
How big is one portion size for a healthy, breastfeeding mother? More than you can eat!
How many breastfeeding mothers do we have? 8
How many products can a girl make in a day during the afternoon skills hours? 5 each
How loud are 8 babies crying at the same time? Very
How many bananas do our trees produce on the property? We have more bananas than you can imagine (and plentiful guavas and all our green vegetables come from the garden).
How many liters of milk do we haul from the local farmer around the corner each afternoon, boil it that evening to kill any bacteria, refrigerate it and then serve it for breakfast? 4 liters
How awesome is the weather in June in Kenya? It’s a high of 60, low of 50
How many dirty diapers have my kids changed? more than I have!
What is the average age of the girls in our home? 16 years
What are the ambitions of our girls? Two doctors, a newscaster, a tailor, a hairdresser, two teachers and a gospel singer
How much does it cost to run the maternity home every month? $6500 averages $406 per family (baby and mom) (25% of this amount is rent)
What percentage of our budget is being met by monthly commitments? 90%
How much of our support comes from individual online support? 95%
How many monthly sponsors do we have? Approximately 300 with the average being less than $20 a month
How many people does this amount support? Besides our 16 girls and babies, this amount supports 5 full time staff and 2 part time (who each support several family members)
How much did the clothes dryer we bought today cost? 487,000 shillings (Our girls and staff hand wash all the clothes, bedding, diapers, etc. We found that in the “cold” rainy months, it often takes cloth diapers several days to dry and the dampness causes horrible diaper rash. Today, we bought a dryer for the diapers. If you’d like to contribute towards this purchase or help buy a second dryer, we’d love to have your help!)
How many paid staff are in the US? 0
How much money do we need to raise for Violet’s necessary skin graph and repair surgeries so she can walk on her feet and not damage her toes any further? $7500 US dollars (surgery will be end of 2012)
How long is the lease in our current location? 5 years (we have just begun year 2)
How much it would cost to purchase the land and home we currently lease? $300-400,000 US (the cost of living in Kenya is extremely high)
How valuable is one life? priceless