Kenya Evangelical Rural and Urban Development Outreach
What is KERUDO?
KERUDO began its ministry under the leadership and founder Bishop Rev. Yusuf Gowi Okumu in 1996. It is committed to promoting the holistic development of the poor and needy people in Kenya's churches both in the rural and urban areas and especially the Maasai people in Kenya. Through evangelistic spiritual nurture as well as practical assistance KERUDO has been able to improve their spiritual, social, physical and economic well being of the people.
They are among the most underprivileged groups of people in Kenya. Being still significantly nomadic, with no permanent homes, they tend animals in remote areas that are often plagued by drought, after which they have to sell their animals at throwaway prices to buy food to survive. They are malnourished and, because of the lack of water, they do little about sanitation and are consequently riddled with diseases that are water-bone.
The Maasai are nomadic with almost no permanent homes. They tend to their animals in remote and mountainous areas with almost no infrastructure. A number of their children are malnourished; they lack water, proper roads, no electricity. Many of them do little about sanitation and are consequently riddled with typhoid, bilharzia, malaria, skin diseases.
Lambwe Christian School for the Deaf
In 1992, a need arose about the children who were not allowed by their parents or guardians to enrol in school because people believed that being deaf is a curse. So we painfully with the help of local government officers and police started a boarding school for late starters (10-15 years old) at Lambwe Christian School for the Deaf in Homa Bay County. The school is about 500 kilometres (approximately 310.69 miles) from Nairobi.
It had a population of 5 pupils who were all ‘late starters’. The neighbouring school, Lambwe Primary School gave KERUDO one classroom where we hired some teachers to teach these needy pupils. In 1997, Lambwe Christian School for the Deaf got a provisional registration as a school for the hearing impaired children with an enrolment of 17 pupils (these pupils were between the age 10 to 23), a staff of 3 non-teaching staff and 2 government-paid teachers. KERUDO continued paying the 3 non-teaching staff.
The school currently (2019) has an enrolment of 113 pupils (62 girls and 51 boys), whose ages range from 5 to 18 years years. The school has 9 government-paid reachers, 2 teachers employed by the school board of management and KERUDO and 10 non-teaching staff. KERUDO also supports the school during sporting activities by providing them with part of their budget.