Churo is located in a very rural part of Kenya. Twenty five years ago there was no secondary school (our equivalent of high-school) within a days travel so Paul and Judy Land decided to build a Christian school for the Pokot people.
School in Africa is not free. It is usually a boarding school because students have to travel such long distances and tuition and board is expected to be paid by the student's family. In 1998, Bill and Carolyn Overway, (members of CMC), were asked to manage the completion of the school. Bill became head master ( a position which is like our school principal), and Carolyn was teacher, nurse, and mother to 100 boys. The first graduating class was in 2000. Within a few years the school was one of the highest rated schools in Kenya. Since high school at that time was only for boys. Carolyn worked tirelessly to remedy that. Due to to her efforts in Churo, a girls secondary school was established!
Christ Memorial Church’s involvement has stretched over two decades and CMC is a household name in Churo. A bore-hole has been drilled for water and a windmill has been erected to pump the water. A Christian nursery school has been built, and numerous young people have been able to continue their education and go to Secondary school. This will take a small explanation for something that we here in the states often take for granted. Most people are small farmers with a few goats and possibly a cow and tuition is out of the question when there are mouths to feed. The money CMC provides helps with scholarships for students with a desire and proven scholastic achievement. From the many years that the Overway’s were in Africa, they have developed a team of people that they trust both in Churo and neighboring villages who can accurately identify deserving students. CMC does indeed change lives!