Kenya Starlight Partnership
Riverside has been developing our relationship with communities in Kenya since 1998. For ten years we have partnered with Good Shepherd Church in Nairobi to work in the farming community of Mau Summit. The partnership initially focused on helping the region’s Starlight Farmers Cooperative Society with agricultural development and conflict resolution in the wake of post-election violence in 2008-09. The first projects involved improvements to potato and dairy farming techniques. As a result, standards of living in the community have improved. More children have been able to attend school and more families are able to afford basic necessities.
Today, the Kenya Starlight Partnership also works to address new areas of impact such as next generation leadership, agricultural diversification, job creation, and education. The partnership has received awards recognizing its governance and effectiveness. The program (previously called the Peace Potato Project) was renamed to better reflect its current mission.
Riverside and Starlight seek to nurture their relationship throughout the year, including by exchanging annual summer visits. In summer 2018, a team from Riverside visited our Kenyan partners, staying with families, learning about the agriculture projects, and teaching at vacation Bible school. The previous summer, seven members of the Kenya team traveled to Riverside to share how the program is working in their community and take part in the life of Riverside.