Rosemary Khamati is the former Africa Director of Sudan Evangelical Alliance (SEA) Partners, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. We first met Rosemary in 2003 in Liethnom, Sudan when she was working there with World Relief. She moved on from World Relief and began working with SEA-Partners in Boma, Sudan where she travelled extensively to assist and work with locals in Sudan and oversaw all projects taking place “on the ground” in Boma.
We were blessed to have helped SEA Partners build the first-ever school for children in Boma, and during Christmas of 2009 and 2010 our Learning Center kids raised money to help build additional classrooms. In addition, a number of wells have been drilled to bring clean drinking water to Boma. Rosemary was actively involved in every aspect of these projects, from hiring staff, to arranging the logistics of having all supplies brought in from outside the area, to encouraging those doing the hard work.
In 2010, we visited Rosemary and the ministry of SEA Partners in Boma, to see the schools and the transformation that has been taking place in that community. In 2012 Rosemary left SEA Partners and founded a new organization called PEACE (Partnerships for East African Community Empowerment) which was working primarily in Biong, South Sudan. Fellowship continued to resource the SEA Partners work in Boma for a short time longer, but chose to focus more on Rosemary's new efforts through PEACE. The mission of PEACE is to transform the African community through children’s education, leadership training, evangelism and community development.
The organization did ministry in the Biong Village north of Bor town in Bor County of South Sudan. A three-class room school building was set to be completed for the children to start school in January 2014 but in December 2013 fighting broke out in South Sudan and the school was occupied by the army of the South Sudan government. Chances of reclaiming the school property became impossible and it was on that basis that PEACE moved to Northern Uganda to minister to the refugee children and their parents who were living in refugee settlements in Adjumani. Since then, two blocks of two class rooms each have been built. This school opened in August 2014.
Born and brought up in a Christian family, she is fifth in a family of nine. Rosemary participated in Sunday school and later taught Sunday school for many years in her church. Rosemary studied and earned a Bachelor degree in education, a diploma in Business Management, and enrolled for Masters in Leadership Studies but dropped out due to lack of funds. She is a single parent with four grown daughters. All of them are working in Nairobi, three of them are married and the last one is getting married on April 20, 2018. She has one grandson and God willing, expecting the second grand child in August.
Rosemary has a calling to serve the least of these (Sudanese communities) with integrated transformation through formal education, training, and community development. This calling has come to be after a very long time of learning from past experiences in other Christian and public sectors, prayer, and even going back to the drawing board to learn to do it better. She first joined the non-profit work in 1994 after working for the government for two years and for her ex-husband for over 12 years in his legal firm. The time she spent working with the Kenya government and the legal office and the last two Christian organizations have played a huge part in preparing her for what she is doing at the moment. It has been a long and challenging walk but the Lord walks with her and talks with her along the way and she is encouraged.
Rosemary said, “South Sudan has remained on my heart or should I say that my heart has remained in South Sudan for over 20 years. I believe that God still wants me to finish what He would have me do in South Sudan as a part of His transformation plan for that nation.”
Her hobbies and interests are reading books on leadership, community development, spending time with her girls when she isn’t working or travelling, and to of course laugh her heart away. Rosemary shared, “It goes without saying that I love to work and to make new friends. My interest is to see every Sudanese child have access to education and to have a relationship with our Lord and Savior. I love to entertain and write stories, especially about South Sudan. On the family front, I love to spend time with my girls talking about ourselves, our relationship and walk with the Lord, and giving them counsel. I love to take care of my family.”
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Each year, we work with our global partners to refine how our involvement might support their essential ministry efforts and projects, and learn about their kingdom-advancement and ministry expansion dreams—if God would provide the means to make them happen.
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Staff Salary Stipends
Our giving assisted and supported the administrative cost of this ministry.
Underwrite School Equipment & Materials
We helped PEACE to build classrooms to educate the refugee children.
Peacebuilding & Trauma Training
Fellowship’s giving trained selected pastors in trauma counseling and peace-building training.
Our giving paid for office space to conduct PEACE operations and helped provide stability to the ministry.
Our giving purchased school supplies which were essential for a proper learning environment.
Fellowship supported four teachers which made it possible to run a school in a refugee camp without outside funding.