During COVID-19 challenges, lockdowns and directives by the Kenya Government, OneLife Africa found opportunities to continue ministering through community food and medical supplies distributions. Several of our students also joined efforts through other initiatives to creatively and effectively serve in their communities. Calvin Shikuku and Edwin Odhiambo, two of our students, were publicly commended by the Kenyan President, H. E. Uhuru Kenyatta for their service to the residents of Mathare slums in Nairobi, Kenya-an honor that no one was expecting. Calvin and Edwin have been committed to supporting the residents of Mathare slums through youth advocacy, program implementation and community cleanups. Both were born and raised in Mathare slums and have been part of OneLife Africa scholarship and mentoring program.
Calvin and Edwin were team leaders of a global award winning Green Project Innitiative that provides clean, affordable, accessible, and reliable cooking energy to residents of informal settlements by producing briquettes from organic waste, a product that became essential during the Covid-19 pandemic to residence of Mathare slums. OneLife Africa is proud of Calvin, Edwin and all of our students who are providing the much needed help and inspiring eternal hope to communities in need around East Africa. It is encouraging to note that OneLife Africa students remained diligent in their High school and university studies despite the global pandemic. OneLife Africa University Class of 2021 completed and attended virtual graduation ceremonies. As we celebrate Ten years in ministry, we are grateful to God for His faithfulness, even in the midst of global crisis. We have seen God fulfil His promises in many areas, especially in the lives of OneLife Africa class of 2021. We dedicate all our graduates to God as they seek to serve Christ in their communities and vocations. This Newsletter contains three brief stories of Class of 2021 university graduates.