KENYA ANGLICAN MENS ASSOCIATION (KAMA)
The KAMA ministry focuses on nurturing men as heads of families, enabling them to lead their families in Christian living. As the leaders of the church and society, this ministry will be supported through integrated programs that address family spiritual and economic needs.
Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you, I will teach you says the Lord…”
Kama's 2016-2017 Activities
In 2016 we enrolled 200 men at St Peter’s Embakasi, This year 2017 we have enrolled 273 at St Paul’s South ‘C’. Three Bishop’s graced the occasion where one of them was the first African Woman Bishop. Special thanks to our Bishop for inviting her. Early this year we trained 35 trainers who are now assisting to carry out the trainings at the Archdeaconry level so as to have uniformity across the Diocese. The departments intend to increase TOT’s in future so that in the near future we go back to training at the Parish level.
We have different category of conferences that the department holds: Provincial, Regional, Diocesan, Archdeaconry, Parish, and Local Church conferences. In 2016 our Diocese was awarded the second best in attendance during the Provincial KAMA Conference that was held in Mbeere Diocese (our Diocesan Bishop was the main facilitator). We also held a regional (NAIKA) conference in Ongata Rongai where we topped in attendance. The diocesan Workshop was held in the month of October at St Marks Westland’s (the attendance was fair). These conferences help in capacity building to us members with an aim that, families, Church, and the society will also benefit at the long run. This year we shall end with Provincial KAMA Conference which will be held at Machakos Academy (Machakos Diocese).
3. Ruai Land Developments
In Ruai we are now selling borehole water. Since the project was officially launched by the Bishop on 6th February 2016 we have continued to connect water to both individual and corporate clients. The demand has been soo high thus we are now building a second water tower that will be higher than the previous one. According to our Engineer this will help the flow of water with pressure to longer distance clients. The go downs in Ruai has are also rented out bringing more income to KAMA.
KAMA and Youth department have continued to hold successful Kikao’s which serves as a mentorship program is for the upcoming men. This year we incorporated Mother’s union where we had a successful joint Kikao at St Monica Utawala on May 27th. Over 800 youths attended. Several parishes have conducted their Kikao too and KAMA Coordinator and DYA have consistently been invited for the same. We intend to continue offering our great support for the same.
5. Archdeaconry Visits
The diocesan KAMA Executive for the last three years has been visiting all the local churches within a certain Archdeaconry once a month. This has helped the committee to meet with all men at the grass root and get to know challenges our men go through as well as listen to views how we can make KAMA vibrant. The committee usually holds monitoring and evaluation meetings where some of the views gathered from the grass root have been implemented.
This year we have organized sports to bring men together in line with objective two of KAMA where men are supposed to grow intellectually, physically, socially, and Spiritually. Competitions will be held at Archdeaconry levels and a climax at the Diocesan level in Starehe boys High School at the end of August 2017.
7. Man Enough Training
This is a training that helps men realize themselves and take the biblical mandate very seriously. We are conducting several trainings in some of our parishes. During the trainings men go for two camps which really strengthen them. We intend to increase the number of trainers through training of trainers.
8. Goat/Bull Eating
Every year we hold this social activity at the Diocesan level (in our Ruai land). This year men requested we slaughter a bull thus changing from the many goats that we have slaughtered in the past. Our Diocesan Bishop usually graces the occasion where he usually gives a word of counsel to them. Numbers have continued to increase as years pass by.
- To have a registered KAMA Security firm. Following the advice of the last Synod, adequate preparations are under way which will be tabled to the SCOS through Diocesan Bishop once complete.
- To have an education trip outside Kenya in 2018. The last one was held in November 2011 in Zanzibar.
- To have man enough training conducted in all the Parishes.
- To empower men on evangelism thus enable consistence in reaching out not only the KAMA week observed once a year.