Samstag, 23. März 2013
The Kalengjins
In the Great Rift Valley there is the tribe of the Kalengjins living. They belong to the nilotics who were coming from Sudan more than 2000 years ago to settle in Kenya.

For now the Kalengjins are almost 3 millions of people, that is 12% of the whole Kenyan population.

Just in the midth of the 20th century the Kalengjins have called themselves "Kalengjin" and founded a tribe with people who were speaking the same language. The reason for that was the desire to belong to a common tribe and to be protected against the politic pressure of the other tribes.

The word "Kalengjin" is nilotic and means "I´m telling you". Originally it was a radio program for the many small groups which all spoke the same language. Everybody who was listening to this radio program was called a Kalengjin.

Most of the Kalengjins are shepherds and also farmers.

The Kalengjins are called the "running tribe" because since the eighties they were winning 40% of the Olympic Games in the 800m cycle.

There are ten subtribes among the Kalengjins:
* Endorois
* Elgeyo
* Kipsigis
* Marakwet
* Nandi
* Pokot
* Sabaot
* Terik
* Tugen
* Sebei.

The Kalengijns in the area around Lake Bogoria in the Great Rift Valley belong to the subtribe called Endorois.

The Endorois are almost 60,000 nomads who like to share everything. Even the country belongs to all of them and not to individual persons.

The most of the Endorois are very poor and don´t have enough money for the education of their children.

The men very often have more than one wife and only a few children are able to visit the school. The way to school is sometimes more than 40 km.

Their life is very simple and with a low standard. Sometimes the poorest of the poor are eating tree barks, routes and leaves which they can find in the nature.

Some of them are beemasters and are selling their honey.

Most of them don´t have electricity or fresh water at their homes. Very often they don´t have even enough food, and they have to walk for long distances to get fresh water and food.

Mostly it is the task of the women and children to care for water and to walk for the long distances.

The life of many children is in danger because of a strong poverty, politic turmoils and diseases.

Also many children have lost their parents because of aids and HIV. After that the children are not protected for being misused for children´s labour, abuses, prostitution, dependencies and violence.

Very often the older children who still need a lot of care for themselves have to take care for the smaler siblings.

Mostly those children do not have enough to survive and they are neglected, underfed and sick. They don´t have hope for a better future.

But all children need love, protection, feeling of security and welfare to grow and become healthy, happy and responsible people. Therefore Robert and me are in Kapkuikui.

We want to be there for the people and to have an open ear for their needs and problems. We know that we are not able to help all of them.

But what we can do is to evangelize these people and to tell them about Jesus who is loving them and who wants to be their friend. Always they can come to him and tell him their needs.

Because he has promised:
„Come to me,

all you who are weary and burdened,

and I will give you rest.“

(Matthew 11: 28).

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