Although Kenya is the biggest and most advanced economy in east and central Africa, and has an affluent urban minority, it has a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.519, ranked 145 out of 186 in the world. Nkunga is a poor community occupying 3 square kilometers on the edge of the Mount Kenya Forest in the centre of Kenya. The land is hilly with thick brush and very stony volcanic soil. Agriculture is the only means of livelihood. There is no health centre and people have to walk 5 km for medical services.
Since 2005, in partnership with Highfield Church Southampton, FH have been working in Nkunga. The vision of the project is for the holistic transformation of the community and its people, so that they are progressing towards their God-given potential. FH is focusing on the churches, leaders and families in order to restore broken relationships and build their capacity to be agents of change in their community and to respond to each others needs in a sustainable way.
Achievements have included the following:
FH seek to tackle root causes of poverty addressing physical and spiritual poverty until the change created can be sustained. Supported by Highfield Church, the Nkunga community has made measurable progress since 2005 such that within the next couple of years FH will be able to exit the community. A graduation event to praise God and celebrate the transformation that has happened is scheduled for 2017.