Elsewhere on this site, you may have come across the video I shot for World Renew in Mozambique last year. In case you haven’t, it’s here. It’s a peppy 2½-minute introduction to the Khoma Family, the Southern Africa representative family for the organisation’s ‘Free a Family‘ programme. I was asked to produce something short and lively that could be shown on big screens to the church groups that support World Renew across Canada and the United States. Apparently, it was a big success, so earlier this year I was asked to go to Kenya to shoot a similar video on the programme’s Eastern Africa representative family, the Onchenges. Today, I’m proud to share the finished product:
The Onchenge family
In 2007, the Onchenge family was displaced from their home when violence swept through the region following a contested election. Their house was burned down and the family fled and lived in a camp for internally displaced persons for a year. Four years ago, they were resettled in Blue-Banita Gichagi village, where they built a small mud home.
Recently, World Renew began working in this region through a new partnership with Nakuru Region Inter-Diocesan Christian Community Services (NRIDCCS). NRIDCCS works with the Onchenge family to help them find sustainable ways to improve their lives.
Many years ago, Mr Onchenge had a road accident and lost one of his legs. Despite this physical disability, he and his family work hard to grow food on their plot of land. NRIDCCS is teaching them how to use new farming techniques and different types of seeds in order to grow and harvest more food throughout the year. It is also encouraging the Onchenge family and their neighbours to raise different types of animals in order to diversify their sources of income.
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