Currently VMM is working with 9 project partners in Kenya in both urban and rural areas. These include Dioceses, Religious Congregations and Community Development Organisations who are all working at grassroots level with those who are marginalised, in many ways, to promote integral human development.
VMM personnel are involved in work to prevent human trafficking, to promote good governance, to enhance sustainable livelihoods, to provide better health care, to promote children’s rights among other things.
In 2013 VMM established an African field office, in Kenya, and since that time Tim Flynn has been based in Kitale in Western Kenya. The office is located at the Diocese of Kitale secretariat and Tim stays at St Martins House which is a rest and retreat house of the Diocese of Lodwar. Both Dioceses have been VMM partners for many years. From this base VMM can have closer link with their partners, the volunteers on the ground and those we seek to serve.
One of the projects in Kenya which VMM, with Misean Cara support, is involved with is a livelihoods project for Turkana women involved in basketry. Part of the support is towards rent of a retail outlet “Taste of Turkana”, in Nairobi, which links the women in Turkana (700km away) to local and international markets for their products. Pictured is Alice Ikaal, a young Turkana woman, who manages this shop and some of the products which display the creativity and talent of the Turkana women who produce them.