Melody & Sam Harrell

HarrellsMinistry Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Commissioned: 1999
 
The Harrells live and serve in Kenya, where they work with Africa Exchange and created Change for Children, constructing eight integrated child development centers around Kenya  to build on the change they have seen through previous feeding projects, agriculture advances and education initiatives. While government-sponsored primary school has been free for children since 2002, pre-school and kindergarten programs are not or are not available in rural areas. Seeing a need, the Harrells launched Change for Children with the hope that the centers would give children a head start in school and also help marginalized communities. These centers have the potential to better the lives of nearly 650 children age 3 to 6, who will attend the schools each year. 
 
“Those who follow after Jesus will recall how he often welcomed children. He also said that it would be better not to have been born than to cause harm to come to a child,” said Sam. “Unfortunately, children as a group, remain among the most vulnerable, marginalized and neglected sectors of the human family.”
 
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Related Media:
Photos: Being the presence of Christ in Kenya
Video: Change for Children in Kenya

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