The Pokot people live in the Rift Valley of Northern Kenya, an area that stretches for hundreds of miles. It is estimated that there are between 800,000 and 1 million Pokot people, 50% of which have had no contact with the outside world. Often going days without food, the Pokot are among the poorest people in the world. For many years, Pokot Outreach Ministries, led by Julius Murgor, has brought the Gospel to the Pokot, through evangelistic services, medical attention, food, water, and education.
In Kenya, primary education is supposedly provided by the government but is woefully underfunded and teachers that are willing to live in the often primitive condition found in Pokot are difficult to find. As a result, primary education is accessible to a minimal number of students in Pokot.
Secondary education is made available only to academically qualified students who may have to travel several hours to the nearest school and can only go if they can afford the room, board and expenses. As a result, the dreams of most Pokot children go unrealized as they return to herding cattle or agriculture upon completion of their primary education.
In 2006, the local community leadership gave Pokot Outreach Ministries 50 acres to start a secondary school in the area of Lomut, which is centrally located to East and West Pokot. At completion this school will accommodate more than 120 children. Many of these students will be orphans with the remaining students coming from the local area.
Also in 2006, Pokot Outreach Ministries received a donation to construct 3 classrooms, a dining hall and a single dormitory. In 2007, while this first wave of construction was at its early stages, the first class of 11 was formed; several of these students walked over 10 miles to the school.
At the Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference in Muskegon, Michigan, at which Harvesters was a featured participant, more than $60,000 was given toward the construction of 2 additional classrooms and several laboratories.
The total cost of the project is between $550,000 and $650,000. The worldwide increase in prices, the political unrest in Kenya and the fluctuation of the dollar make this estimate a moving target.
The Lomut secondary school will change the lives of many children of the Pokot tribe. This school will equip future leaders of Kenya to change a nation for Christ. Please consider financially supporting this project so that the future alumni of this school can be given the opportunity to reach their God-given potential.