Ken and Dorcas Otieno are two of a kind — they love children passionately. And they have followed their passion to care, teach, mentor, guide, and lead children from ages two to 12 for several years at the Immanuel Fellowship Church in Fort Richmond.
As ministers, this couple, originally from Kenya, cares holistically for children through various programs, including but not limited to summer camping both within the city and outside, outings to fun places, and empowering them with the words of God and words of wisdom.
According to Ken, "our role is to help mould the children in our neighbourhood into respectable, hardworking, forward-looking, fun-loving, and ambitious young adults."
In his words, "children are the heritage of the Lord, the leaders of tomorrow, and the joy of today, hence the need to protect and empower them."
Dorcas, Ken’s soft-spoken wife and mother of two pretty girls, said "our passion is to teach these children how to develop mentally and socially, and in the process, light up their souls, and open their eyes to the positive possibilities in this beautiful planet."
Ken and Dorcas, with the assistance of about eight Sunday School teachers, are currently preparing for a Dec. 22 children’s presentation of songs, drama and dance that will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 828 Silverstone Ave.
Parents in the Fort Richmond neighbourhood are invited to bring their children to watch and enjoy the free presentation.
Ken said the goal is to start "training these children early in life with life-long skills in singing, public speaking, drama, and even dancing, as well as the word of God that will make them grow into confident and go-getter adults".
Sunday Olukoju is a community correspondent for Fort Richmond. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org