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December Kenya Appeal


Your Gift Doubles…

When you give this Christmas…

You will be helping turn blindness into sight…

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” – Luke 2:14.

Your gift today will be a double blessing in Bungoma County, Western Kenya – which has a population of over 1.7 million – and no fully functioning eye hospital!

People who need eye care have to travel 60-100kms for specialist eye treatment. That is a journey of many hours on public transport, and the fare is just too expensive for most Kenyans. Sadly, many in the county are forced to go without treatment.

For this reason, there are many children and adults in Bungoma County living with avoidable blindness – but you could help and be a double blessing by sending your gift by 17 December.

For children, blindness means they are unable to participate in most activities, and most are unable to attend school. Their future is bleak. Many become depressed and isolated, having to rely on others for care their entire lives.

For adults, blindness can mean unemployment, and dependence on others – often it means their children must drop out of school to provide care or bring in an income. It sentences whole generations to deep and hopeless poverty.

It's sad to think of all this pain and suffering in Bungoma County, when here in New Zealand we have the benefit of good healthcare. For us, avoidable blindness is usually picked up and treated early.

That’s why we are grateful for kind and generous Kiwis like you, who are willing to help people living with avoidable blindness in countries like Kenya.

You see, there is a solution to this. You, along with other generous cbm supporters, have an opportunity to make a real difference to the people of Bungoma County.

The Kingdom Faith Based Hospital has just begun its amazing work of saving people’s sight in Bungoma County. But it’s just a start. The goal now is to support the eye hospital to be fully operational, 6 days a week, with the aim of providing over one thousand eye surgeries in 2021 and increasing this in 2022. By adding a much needed 52-bed Medical Ward, more people will be reached. The new ward will allow those who need to travel within the county to stay for a few nights, ensuring their operations are successful, and that they receive the appropriate post-surgical follow up.

In October, a small group of cbm New Zealand supporters donated a special gift to the Christmas Miracle Match Fund. They believe so strongly in the ministry of cbm New Zealand that they want to encourage others, like you, to give and support the cause… to help the people of Bungoma County.

Together, this group of supporters has contributed $79,856 into the Christmas Miracle Match Fund, to match your Christmas donation dollar for dollar, which means your gift doubles if you donate before the Match Fund runs out.

Your donation this Christmas, along with the Christmas Miracle Match Fund, will help save so many more people in Bungoma County from avoidable blindness.

Right now, the Kingdom Faith Based Hospital is only able to handle a small number of surgeries, leaving many in Bungoma County suffering from avoidable blindness. But your generous help can change that.

Please will you help bring hope this Christmas and make a lasting difference with your generous donation to turn blindness into sight for the people of Bungoma County.

Your special gift today will help build the much needed 52-bed Medical Ward, so many in Bungoma County can receive quality eye health services.

Not only this, but your Christmas gift will bring hope, peace and joy to ensure the people of Bungoma County have access to the miracle of sight-saving surgery… and it will be matched dollar for dollar by the Christmas Miracle Match Fund.

Your generosity will help turn blindness into sight for people like Zakayo.

Zakayo is a healthy and energetic father and grandfather. Until a year ago, he was still able to help provide for his family through farming, poultry and animal rearing.

He was also a preacher in his local church. But when his eyesight began to deteriorate rapidly a year ago, his life took a turn for the worst. He was no longer able to read his Bible or lead the congregation. This was a huge loss for him, his family and his congregation. He was unable to help provide for his family, and as is often the situation in rural areas of developing countries like Kenya, people in the village tried to take over his land!

To help provide the much needed funds for The Kingdom Faith Based Hospital, please will you prayerfully consider making a gift by 17 December.

Your Christmas gift will be a blessing to more people like Zakayo and will be doubled, dollar for dollar by a generous group of cbm supporters up to $79,856, which is the total of the Christmas Miracle Match Fund.

Now, back to Zakayo: God still has plans for him. Thankfully, he was one of the fortunate few to be referred to The Kingdom Faith Based Hospital where he received his sight-saving cataract surgery.

The cataract operation was a success and, the day after taking off his eye patch, Zakayo could see again! He was so delighted, especially when his sight continued to improve after the surgery.

Zakayo’s life has been completely transformed. He promises to be a worthy ambassador for The Kingdom Faith Based Hospital, to spread the great news so that avoidable blindness can be eliminated in his local community, and then in the next community, and so on, and so on, until the people of Bungoma County know they can have their sight restored, and receive quality eye health services at The Kingdom Faith Based Hospital.

In Zakayo’s own words “…God had brought Heaven to Earth for me!” And, according to a courageous Kiwi couple, David and Kathy Tait, the founders of The Kingdom Faith Based Hospital, this is what it is all about.

Zakayo’s life has been completely transformed!

But it is deeply concerning that right now there are so many others like him who are in desperate need of sight-saving surgery in Bungoma County.

It is hard to imagine this ever happening in New Zealand. But it’s common-place in countries like Kenya, where access to quality eye health services is limited or non-existent.

If left untreated, people like Zakayo become a burden to their families and lose hope in their future.

But there is a solution.

Please will you help more people like Zakayo receive the miracle of sight-saving surgery, and once again become productive members of their families and communities.

Once God puts your gift and the match from the Christmas Miracle Match Fund to work… your gift will be a double blessing!

As God gave us the gift of His Son to be hope for us… will you be hope this Christmas for people like Zakayo?

You will play a key role in turning blindness into sight by helping to build a much needed 52-bed Medical Ward, ensuring people receive the surgeries and eye care they desperately need.

Please will you help heal them and turn blindness into sight for the people of Bungoma County.

With your generous support, people living with avoidable blindness will no longer be a burden to their families. They will no longer be depressed and isolated, and without hope for their future. They will no longer be blind.

We are blessed here in New Zealand, as most eye conditions are picked up early and can be treated, managed or supported. But in developing countries like Kenya, these conditions are not picked up, and children and adults with avoidable blindness are most likely to be isolated and shunned.

So many people are waiting right now for help. Please will you help by sending your gift by 17 December which will be doubled by the Christmas Miracle Match Fund up to the amount of $79,856.

You will be turning blindness into sight for people who desperately need help, so they can rebuild their lives, and your generosity will also be impacting future generations of Kenyans!

Thank you for prayerfully considering your special Christmas gift to help turn blindness into sight.

Your generosity will be DOUBLED up to the amount of the Christmas Miracle Match Fund, and provide the miracle of sight-saving surgery for more people like Zakayo so they can lead productive lives.

May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace, and bless you abundantly so that you may overflow with hope and love this Christmas.

Click here to see The Journey so far


cbm New Zealand is a charity registered with New Zealand Charities Services since 4th February 1999, Registration number CC26154