Programs

The Mercy Center Foundation USA focuses on four main programs: Education, Water Initiative, Medical Initiative, and Microenterprise. Our mission is to help combat disease and poverty in Lare, Kenya, by providing compassionate and humanitarian assistance toward sustainable and affordable clean water, health care, education and micro-enterprise initiatives.

 

Since 2003, The Mercy Center Foundation U.S.A., Inc. has accomplished the following achievements in cooperation with the Mercy Center Bd. in Lare, Kenya and the villagers:

  • Purchased fifteen acres of land.
  • Drilled a water well, 272 meters deep, with a storage tank.
  • Built a health clinic for basic immunizations and check-ups within walking distance for the villagers of Lare.
  • Purchased an ambulance to transfer the sick to the major hospital.
  • Built a guest house.
  • Built a fully functioning dining hall and kitchen for all students.
  • Started cow, rabbit, chicken and piggery projects.
  • Built thirteen classrooms and the Mother of Mercy Girls Secondary School
  • Built teacher housing on site for all teachers to live during the week on site
  • Supported scholarships for girls to attend high school who are at risk
  • Sent a Mission in cooperation with the Commissioned by Christ organization to help build the first of the planned dormitories that will house 500 students now enrolled. Currently, they are living in the classrooms and administration building.
  • Supported the purchase of animals including cows and agricultural cooperative on site to help feed the girls at the school.

 

Families now have access to clean, fresh water and thousands of villagers have received treatment at the clinic since 2006. In 2011, we started a secondary school for girls. When the school was started there were 28 students that filled the first classroom built. Now, the Mercy Girls School has grown to 500 girls now enrolled from all over Kenya.

 

We have had many challenges due to limited funds but our students are eager to learn. Out of 33 schools in the district, our school was ranked number 4, despite lacking a laboratory. We are currently building a dining hall and kitchen facilities. The next phase will be to build proper dormitories, science labs, a computer lab and a library.

 

Our help and cooperation come from a wide variety of places, companies, trade unions in the U.S. and private foundations and private grants and parents and friends of Sr. Rose, VHM. Some of those funders include:

  • The Conrad Hilton Fund for Religious Sisters
  • Newman’s Own Foundation
  • The Loyola Foundation

 

Many of the corporations and trade unions who support us have also sponsored the annual Mercy 5k and the new Georgetown Half Marathon to be held on October 29, 2017. These races help to support Kenya and the Mercy Project which is dedicated to empowering girls through education and opportunity.

 

Thank you for this true community effort!