VUNA MISSIONS
Our two-week annual mission trips are open to all. They include (but not limited to) free medical camps, mentorship programs, Vactional Bible School, classroom teaching, construction and spiritual programs.

Volunteers are responsible for paying their own flights and a registration fee for the mission. The registration fee covers all mission activities and logistics. We also set a day aside during which volunteers can visit local markets or attend an optional safari (that is not covered by the registration fee).  Registration is open in the fall of the previous year before the mission trip.

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PAST MISSION REPORTS

Read our past mission reports below

2017 Mission Activities

Although our 2017 mission trip got canceled due to unforeseen challenges, we were still very active this year.

We ran a food drive in June and were able to feed 300 people in the Kapunyany coomunity of Pokot. Please see our infographic and picture of our food truck below.

Food Drive of June 2017

This truck is filled with food that was delivered to the Kapunyany community in early June, 2017.

2016 Mission Report

Compassion Stirred To Action by Ezra Kenyanya

From July 7th to July 14th 2016, a group of young Adventist professionals from the United States and Kenya provided humanitarian services to the Pokot community in Kolowa, Ngoron and Kapunyany in Tiaty constituency, Baringo County, Kenya, Africa. In partnership with local religious and community leaders, World Vision Kenya also offered aid with spiritual, educational and children programs.

Students of the Kapunyany Primary School, Ngoron and Kolowa High Schools all received motivational talks and career guidance services by participants. Service providers who helped with the mission included medical practitioners, career guidance counselors, religious leaders, journalists, and others from various regions including locals from Pokot and guests from USA, Europe and Kenya (Nairobi).

The highlight of the programs was the gender education program which climaxed by the giving of sanitary kits to girls courtesy of Days for Girls organization (DFG). Unlike standard sanitary towels that are expensive, hard to access for the girls and pose environmental hazards to the community when disposing them, The DFG kits would last the girls at least three years meaning readily accessible and durable. The girls were trained on how to use, wash and reuse them. Approximately 300 women from the region were beneficiaries. In addition, the team worked with local boys and girls and trained them on how to run the Vacation Bible School (VBS) program. This program is geared to educating children ages 4 to 12; using various methods such as songs, story telling, and arts-and-crafts. The trained youth from Kapunyany Primary in turn ran the program under the care, watch and guidance of the VUNA team.

In the evenings, the local religious leaders, through the support of VUNA, organized evening sessions on spiritual matters and guidance. These meetings were attended by over 100 people per night and run for over 2 hours. Using a projector, educational films were played that captivated the locals who sat for hours with a mixture of curiosity and joy. The leaders used these forum talks to educate the community about health and family, and other topics. 

Currently, VUNA is in the process of establishing a local girls boarding secondary school in conjunction with the community. In these communites, many girls drop out after primary school and are given into early marriages in exchange of dowry. Girls as young as 12 years old could be married as second or third wife to men over 50 years. Other practices, such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), further hinder their well beings. This school will serve as an educational center besides a place the girls can call home. In addition, VUNA will work with other schools to create programs that will benefit male students as well.

In June 2017, VUNA will be doing a follow up mission to the region with more health, spiritual and educational programs with a special focus on sustainability; and expand to the nearby unreached communities. We pray that you will consider joining the team and that God will provide resources to ensure that not a single person is turned away.

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2015 Testimony

"Changed by both the experience and all the people" by Lauren Rugless
 
Before arriving in Kenya, I didn’t know what to expect; but, I can definitively say that I have been changed by both the experience and all the people that I was blessed to have come into contact with.  One of the first places that my group visited was the Kapunyany Girls School. The school is a safe haven for girls who have fled from cultural rituals in their community where abuse, genital mutilation and child marriage is practiced.  Kapunyany is one of many rescue centers stationed in very remote areas. It was here that I met 14 year old Jaciente, who first arrived at the school at 8 years old after escaping from her father’s home. I was pleased and saddened to know that Jaciente was one of 75 girls at this school. Many of the girls at the school can never return home for fear that their fathers will try to marry them off to a man likely 5 times their age all in exchange for more cattle.
 
I am not sure if Jaciente believes that she is as brave as I believe she is because when I told her so, all I could see was a faraway look in her eyes, a face void of expression.  In one glance, I could tell that she had witnessed too much to express in words.
 
Overall, I sensed that Jaciente is happy, thriving and loving her freedom. She is making good grades and wants to become a doctor one day. Whenever I think of her I get a bit of her strength and resilience to persevere. I believe nothing is impossible.
 
The second portion of our trip was to West Pokot, Kenya. The 12-hour bus ride up rocky mountains, dry riverbeds, vast countryside yet, breathtaking rift valley was a test of my faith. I now realize that the hard journey that we experienced merely hid the blessing of the community. When we arrived in Pokot at a mere 2 am just about everyone there was awake and singing for us as if it was the afternoon. The ladies had prepared food and even waited to eat with us. We were treated like family coming home from a long trip. Just seeing all of their smiling faces reminded me of the kindness of Jesus and how He’s always glad to see me when I take the time to meet Him.
 
In this community we worshiped together, talked and provided a health clinic and VBS  for the children. All of the children that we worked with were happy and full of life. Although some of the smaller kids were without shoes and a clean shirt, they were still so full of adventure. I began to wonder if the many articles of clothing and shoes that I owned even mattered. I immersed myself in the student led tours of the community and of their vast playground, equipped with camels, ostrichs and goats.
 
Each new day in Pokot brought the realization that this community possesses the rich opportunity of developing new national leaders. However, they face the dilemma that the larger percentage of Pokot children are not getting the start that they need in terms to access to adequate resources for health, education, and a better standard of living.
 
I am happy to see that World Vision and other organizations have been helping Pokot tremendously. It will take careful planning and a concentrated effort of VUNA International to be able to assist them in their growth. West Pokot is a beautiful place. To me, Pokot is the heart beat of western Kenya. By God’s grace, I look forward to visiting Kenya in 2016 and contributing whatever God has put in me to do.   
-Lauren  Rugless

2015 Mission Report

Click on our 2015 gallery slide show below to read our 2015 mission report.
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2014 Mission Review

Our first mission trip took place in  July 2014 (while we were still named Pokot Mission Project). During that mission, we saw over 480 patients at the medical camp, 200 children for Vacation Bible School, and fed and clothed many others in the community. Here are pictures from that first mission.