TORONTO, Ontario — Ambassador, humanitarian, missionary, evangelist, minister, international gospel singer, are some of the adjectives that describe Canadian philanthropist, Kay Morris.
Through the Kay Morris Foundation, last month, she visited Nairobi and Massailand Kenya where she donated toiletries to the indigenous children and school supplies to elementary school students in Mathare Slum (the second largest slum in Africa).
While in Nairobi, Morris was on double duty. She was the keynote speaker at the East Africa Gospel Music Summit, held at the Maximum Miracle Centre in Kawangware where she preached, evangelized, ministered in singing, and empowered established and upcoming Kenyan gospel artists. She is known to be a mentor to many youths and ministers across the Continent of Africa.
Her ministry and missions through the Kay Morris Foundation tremendously impacted the lives of many Kenyans, especially children. On a passionate mission to help humanity, Morris travelled to two remote areas of Kenya with aide.
Her first mission on May 11th, 2016 took her 5 hours outside of Nairobi to Massailand, where she visited the Naningoi Girls School and donated toiletries and soccer balls to the students.
Per Ms. Morris, “every mission has its unique set of challenges, some you foresee and some you just stumble on; in any event, God has always made a way and given me favour in unfavourable situations, prayer always work!
“Once we got off the main road leading to Narok, we had to drive 3 hours through the desert land, we soon discovered that the car we were driving was not the right type of vehicle for this type of terrain. It had rained two days before and parts of the desert dirt road had become very swampy, which caused the car to get stuck several times with mud splashing and covering the windshield – this was a very scary experience. We were travelling through the desert in a land that is often frequented by lions and elephants; however, I decided to trust God by faith and so I watched and prayed.
“After several hours driving in areas with no habitation, we finally got to a small town where we were met by some of the people and Massai elders. Bro. Ezekiel and Mercy Tino (the wife of Pastor John Tino who helped me to coordinate the Massai mission), told me that they had made preparations to honour me as a Massi, this took me by total surprise. They took me into a small house where I changed and got dressed in the Massai clothes and fancy native colourfully beaded crown and jewellery they had hand-made for me.
“We then proceeded to a zinc church and discovered a school inside with small children, there was no floor just dirt. The Principal and teachers welcomed me and we prayed and the children sang. The Massai Elders told me the children were also in need of a proper school, because the dirt was too dusty and dry for the children it causes them to cough and get sick. I addressed the students, Elders, Principals, and parents who had gathered and was again presented with more beaded gifts from the Massai women.
“We then drove to the girl’s school where they anxiously awaited my arrival and there the official presentation of toiletries was made. We went through the same treacherous driving conditions on our way out of the desert; but thank God we made it back to Nairobi safe. Overall, it was a humbling and life changing experience.”
Through the Kay Morris Foundation Tools 2 Learn Project, Morris visited Mathare Slum (the second largest slum in Africa), on May 16th, 2016, and donated school supplies to the Amson Education Centre. Some of the items the school received were binders, pens, pencils, crayons, geometry sets, calculators, exercise books, rulers, erasers, ruled lined papers, backpacks, reading books, and colouring books. Over the years, Morris has worked very closely with the Director, Vincent Enos Mutokah, who hosted and helped to facilitate her visit to the school.
Speaking with Morris, she stated: “I am extremely excited to put a smile on the children’s faces through the KMF Tools 2 Learn project. I believe in this 21st Century; no child should be left behind because their parents cannot afford to provide them with the tools to learn. Quality education is very important for Generation Next; they are the future leaders of tomorrow.
“While touring the Amson Education Centre in Mathare, I had the opportunity to spend some time with the children and teachers in each classroom speaking, reading, and singing songs with them. I was very moved to see children in two different age groups crammed in the same classrooms learning from two different curriculums. I thought to myself that the teachers job is doubled and also that the children have to be very focused in order not to be distracted by each other. As challenging as the classroom situation is, the children at Amson are excited to learn. They arrive at school at 7 am and leave at 5pm; they basically spend 10 hours at school each day and they are very happy to be in school.
“I concluded that the Amson Education Centre (currently operating out of rented space), is badly in need of their own school. I noted that there are over 108 students sharing 4 small classrooms. As I listened to the Principal and teachers tell their areas of needs and stories of how they are able to cope, I discovered that the teachers also need the Tools 2 Teach. This simply means that I will have to design another project to benefit the teachers – really, the work never stops.
“As I walked through the Mathare slum and saw the deplorable living conditions of these children, I shook my head in disbelief. I could not imagine little children playing in rubbish heaps with dirty gutter water running. I wish more people in the world would be more selfless and less selfish.”