Kericho is in Kericho County, located within the highlands west of the Rift Valley.
The district is home to the best of Kenyan tea, known for its brightness, attractive colour, flavour and textures of fragrant leaves. Much of the tea is exported, with the UK being the largest market.
The town has an urban population of 150,000 and a total population of over
500,000. Kericho is the home town of the Kipsigis people, who are a part of the Kalenjin people.
Mothers’ Union Community Developmen Coordinator Emmy Ronoh (dressed in blue) and members of the Mothers’ Union take gifts to a children’s home in the diocese.
A favourite local meal is Maize meal(kimyet), enjoyed with vegetables and beef. An almost constant accompaniment is a glass of sour milk locally known as Mursik.
The Mothers’ Union in Kericho are very active in promoting family life and in particular the spiritual life of women. Members are active in projects that support the economic empowerment of women; environmental protection; fighting crime, alcoholism and drug abuse; feeding the hungry; visiting the sick in hospital; visiting those in prison; and outreach to single mothers and widows.
Mothers’ Union members in Kericho diocese are also involved in Church and Community Mobilisation Process (CCMP) through the diocese. CCMP focuses on the premise that poverty is a result of broken relationships between God and mankind. The process empowers the local Church to fulfil its God-given mandate of being salt and light in the world.
CCMP enables the Church to become a catalyst for holistic development where discussions within communities about issues that affect that community are initiated, articulated and sustained and the community identify local resources and local solutions to these issues.
In many dioceses in Kenya, there is an emphasis on helping those whose life has faced adversity. In Kericho, frequent visits are organised to community members where food and other household items are taken and shared.
For more information visit the diocesan website.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11