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Teens work to make water safe

By Pam Griffin

Clean water is the primary issue in Bondo, Kenya, and is Mission Love Seeds’ latest outreach project.

“The water situation is serious, and the most vulnerable are the elderly and the children,” said Barbi Carroll, co-founder of Destin-based MLS. “Families survive on dirty, unprotected water from the local dam and must walk hours to collect their daily water supply. Many illnesses come from the water, and the bacteria that cause cholera are all present in that unclean water.”

Children and their families must share contaminated water with animals due to scarce water points in Bondo.

Children get water from the dam.

Children get water from the dam.

In the warm sunshine of mid-morning, a mother gives her mud-caked boys a bath in the lake at Victoria Dam, while a few minutes later a woman and child come to fill large plastic jugs for drinking a few feet away. Later, a dog runs into the lake for a drink and a swim. Near dusk, cattle and donkeys gather to drink.

To make it worse, the lake is highly contaminated because most of the runoff drains there. The dam is the main water source for about 1,800 people, and in periods of drought, people will walk 10 miles or more to fill up barrels of water and then return home.

“It never goes dry,” said Victor, mission coordinator for Mission Love Seeds in Bondo. “It is the most reliable place to get water around here. But the water is not clean.”

MLS plans to eventually drill water wells, but right now the plan is to harvest and treat the water.

Brock and Benjamin Baumgardner experiment with water harvesting at their home in Alabama. The boys have worked with Mission Love Seeds for many years, in the Philippines and in Kenya.

Brock and Benjamin Baumgardner experiment with water harvesting at their home in Alabama. The boys have worked with Mission Love Seeds for many years, in the Philippines and in Kenya.

Two 16 year olds, brothers Brock and Benjamin Baumgardner of Alabama and Destin, spent more than two weeks in Kenya this summer with their father, Earl Baumgardner, helping Mission Love Seeds. They know first hand the conditions that children live in on a daily basis.

The boys are now doing experiments in water harvesting at their home in Alabama to help MLS provide clean water for the children in Bondo. Brock and Benjamin are trying to make a difference for the children. Water harvesting is the capture of rain where it falls or the run off and taking measures to keep that water clean.

Mosquitoes are another real problem in Bondo, and Mission Love Seeds has plans to provide mosquito nets for each child. Each net costs only $5, a small amount to save a child’s life.

If you would like to help with clean water and/or mosquito netting, visit missionloveseeds.org, call 850-650-5583 or send check to Mission Love Seeds Inc., 55 Country Club Drive East, Destin, FL 32541.

This article first appeared in The Destin Log on Aug. 23, 2014.

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Children in Philippines have special meal

What a blessing for the kids of Mission Love Seeds in the Philippines.

The kids of Galilee, Philippines.

The kids of Galilee, Philippines.

A dear friend, Eleanor Esguerra de Castro (in pink top) provided food for the feeding and shared the word of God to the children and their families.

The feeding was held at the mission church in Galilee.

To God we give the glory, for Him using Eleanor to feed the hungry kids living in poverty.

Thank you, Eleanor! May God bless you, always!! Thank you, Zapanta Fely ! Thank you, Elsa Alonzo Pacamana, Alonzo Pacamana!

 

Eleanor Esguerra de Castro speaks words of encouragement to the mission moms.

Eleanor Esguerra de Castro speaks words of encouragement to the mission moms.

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House #19 finished in Galilee

The family has moved into House #19 in Galilee, Philippines. Pastor Larry was there with them on the big day.

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Mission Love Seeds began in 2004 and to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year a new photo book shows a few of the faces of MLS during those years.

Available as an ebook for iPad for $9.99 or as a hardcover book with dust jacket, a small coffee table book, for $40.82.

All profits go to mls to help more children around the world.

To order visit http://www.blurb.com/b/5484605-mission-love-seeds?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=bookstore-share

 

Mission Love Seeds anniversary book

Mission Love Seeds anniversary book

 

 

 

 

 

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House #19 in Galilee going up quickly

The family who will live in #19 is excited

watching construction taking place.

Family of House #19

Family of House #19

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New school uniforms in Philippines

        New uniforms for the children in Galilee and Pantay  were made possible

by Crawford and Judy Jones.

 

 

 

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Mission news from Bondo, Kenya

Prayers are needed for the family of 8-year-old Lemy Otieno of Nairobi, Kenya. He passed away last night from complications of malaria and a brain tumor.

Lemy.

Little Lemy

Lemy is the grandson of Jane Atieno Oteke, a wonderful and sweet lady who has taken orphans into her home for years in Bondo, Kenya, where Mission Love Seeds now has an outreach.

Victor Oduor Olang’o, who is taking photos of MLS and doing research in Bondo, once lived with Jane, and is staying with her now during his trip to Bondo.

Funds are needed to pay the hospital bill before Lemy can be released for burial, and monies will also be needed for funeral expenses. Mission Love Seeds is very familiar with this practice. It’s the same in the Philippines.

Lemy was in the hospital for 11 days.

Lemy was in the hospital for 11 days.

Please pray God will provide all that is needed to help the family with hospital and funeral expenses. God is hearing the cries of Lemy’s grandmother, Jane.

If you would like to help with these unexpected expenses, click on donate to use pay pal. Or send check to 55 Country Club Drive, Destin FL 32541. Or email missionloveseeds@cox.net for information or to let Barbi know a check is on the way.

Thank you for your help.

 

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One outreach ends — another begins

By Barbi Carroll

For almost three months, Mission Love Seeds, a non-profit organization based in Destin, has worked to help achieve better results and improve the lives of 28 orphans at an orphanage in Watamu, Kenya.

One of the youngest at the orphanage.

One of the youngest at the orphanage.

MLS first learned of the orphanage through photos, posted by Athena Marler Creamer on Facebook, that showed the children sitting inside a classroom. MLS later learned the kids were orphans and were infested with jiggers, not to be mistaken for chiggers we have here in the U.S.

The school, church, bedrooms, outdoor kitchen and all buildings on the property had dirt floors, food was scarce, and children walked long distances for their daily water supply.

After learning about the terrible conditions the orphans were living in, Mission Love Seeds began raising funds to help make life easier for them. The first call was to the Mission’s dear friend, Jane Carron of Generous Heart Ministry in Destin, who has partnered with MLS many times.

Without hesitation, Jane agreed to provide four jigger treatment clinics. Each clinic treated almost 200 orphans and villagers.

Child being treated for jiggers.

Child being treated for jiggers.

Generous Heart also agreed to provide concrete floors for the three-room school, while other supporters provided concrete floors for the orphanage and church. A wall was knocked down in the orphanage to enlarge a bedroom, and three rooms that once had dirt floors covered with vinyl flooring have been replaced with a concrete floor.

In addition, donations were made for a water line and meter for clean drinking water, 50 comfortable chairs, and tables for the children to eat on with tablecloths and flowers, and a new TV for the orphans enjoyment and educational needs through videos.

Enclosed shoes and two pair of socks were given to each child and will help keep jiggers off their feet. Cute pillowcase dresses from Presbyterian women in Destin brought smiles to little girls’ faces.

Donations also allowed the purchase of six soccer balls, school supplies, lollipops and candy, peanut butter, oats, red beans, soap, toothpaste, small toys, books, over the counter medicines, reading glasses and a huge first aid kit.

Also donated were cute toothbrushes and dental supplies from Dr. Douglas Pohl of Fort Walton Beach, and Mission donations provided a two month supply of food and a new and improved, outdoor kitchen was built with an eating area. Donations were raised for many goats and chickens as a permanent source of milk and eggs.

 

 

First dinner on new tables on outdoor dining area.

First dinner on new tables on outdoor dining area.

 

Mission Love Seeds director/photojournalist Earl Baumgardner and his 16-year-old twin boys, Benjamin and Brock, just returned from Kenya where they checked on Mission’s work.

All the projects planned by MLS have now been completed at the orphanage in Watamu.

Mission Love Seeds is now moving on and working on new projects to provide basic needs to those living in deplorable conditions in Bondo, Kenya, where the only water sources are from the local dam or rain water. The children and their needs are tremendous, and, with the generosity of MLS supporters, we are able to do our part and share the love of Jesus Christ.

Thank you to all the Mission supporters who helped make all this possible.

Mission Love Seeds teams up with many organizations on a regular basis, working together as one. When the projects are completed, Mission then continues to work their own projects.

The Mission’s work in Watamu has been completed, but our work in Kenya and Africa has just begun, as our work in the Philippines continues.

To stay updated on Mission Love Seed’s work or to make a donation, visit www.missionloveseeds.org or the Facebook page Mission Love Seeds Charity.

Barbi Carroll is president of Mission Love Seeds which she co-founded with her husband, John Hawbaker, in 2004.

­This article first appeared in The Destin Log, June 7, 2014.

 

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Operation Underpants success

Lisa Snuggs and her daughter Phoenix Catao collected and donated dozens and dozens of underpants for the children in the Philippines. Each child received 2 pair. Thank you Lisa and Phoenix.

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Supporters of Mission Love Seeds also donated enough to purchase the needed goats for milk and chickens for laying eggs. Each child also received a new pair of shoes, a toy and candy.

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