Wavizi is the orphan project started in the year 2003 by a small group of people from Malindi, Kenya. The founding members were primarily concerned with the suffering and discrimination of orphans in Malindi. These children are left orphans as a result of the death of either one or both parents. Wavizi, which means "to support" in the local language, is an organization that gives support to these children by providing school fees and emotional and spiritual support as they live out their lives in the care of a close family or community member. Chris and Sarah have come alongside Mike Karabu, the director of Wavizi, and others involved in the project as we all work together towards the shared goal of providing for the physical needs of vulnerable children and helping them in their spiritual journey.
Chris has spent a considerable amount of time over the past year working with the palliative care program (similar to hospice care) at the local hospital in Malindi. He has initiated the extension of these services to benefit children as well as adults. The children that are part of the palliative care program are mostly those that are suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, or type I diabetes. Through his work with both children and adults nearing the end of their life, Chris has been able to pray for and support families as they prepare to lose a loved one, mourn the loss of a family member, and go through the process of grief and returning to life after saying goodbye. This is a unique way in which Chris is able to serve the community at times of deep need and the relationships built in the process are priceless.
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