Equipping Partners for Sustainability



Ensuring sustainability is what allows programs to continue growing and thriving long after the initial investment of support. The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), through its donors, supports projects around the world that build the capacity for sustainability with our Orthodox partners so that the Gospel can be preached, and the love of Christ can continue changing peoples’ lives.  

Recently, in the Diocese of Kisumu and Western Kenya, 60 beehives have been built in three locations (20 per location) and will soon yield honey to be sold to the public. “This is a long-term, sustaining source of revenue for the Diocese of Kisumu; one that will allow it to flourish and serve its needs and those of the surrounding community,” said OCMC Projects and Grants Manager Santhe Loizos. 

At present, most of the honey in Kenya is imported and of low quality, but there is a demand for good honey. The revenue derived from the beekeeping operation will support the expenses of the Diocese including clergy salaries, money for schools it sponsors, and charity work too. 

Kenya Beekeeping Project w/ Bishop   
Bishop MARCOS (left) with Joseph Akunda (right), the father of +Bishop ATHANASIOS Akunda, who offered some his land to house one of the apiaries in memory of his son. May +Bishop ATHANASIOS' memory be eternal. 

The apiary project is under the supervision of His Grace MARCOS and the sisters of the Monastery of Panaghia Triherousa, who are working with a local beekeeping expert. Additionally, two young men, both Orthodox, are being trained as part of the project. 

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