Welcome to our "Projects" page!
Click below to see one of our recent blog posts about what is going on in Kenya or keep scrolling and you can read more about each one of the Hope Centers in Kenya! At the bottom of the page you will see posts going back several years.
Current Hope Centers:
Katisaa Hope Center
The Hope Center of Katisaa sits on a small 5-acre plot on the outskirts of the town of Machakos, Kenya. Currently, the only buildings present on-site include a small kitchen and a three-room preschool with approximately 30 students. One small room is used for administrative purposes and one of the classrooms is currently being used for church services for church of approximately 20 people.
A breakfast porridge as well as lunch, consisting of rice, corn, and beans are provided daily for all children.
Plans are being made to build a small chapel on the grounds as well as a medical clinic. The land will also be used for farming crops necessary to help feed the children and provide support for the school.
Osegal Hope Center
Launched in 2003, the Hope Center of Osegal boasts a chapel building, as well as two school buildings educating 300 children, teacher’s quarters, pastor’s house, a kitchen, and a well that is used by both the school and the local community.
Pastor Kennedy currently oversees a church of about 50 people and runs morning Children’s Bible Club before school on weekdays.
Lunch, consisting of rice, corn, and beans are provided at lunch daily for all children and porridge is provided for the younger children at breakfast.
Il-Kerin Church and Medical Clinic
This small chapel was built in 2014 very near another Hope Center that was started by Marilyn Newman. The Hope Center School of Il-Kerin was turned over to the local community as self-sufficient. Seeing the need for more churches in the area, Marilyn Newman helped Pastor Samuel Karema construct this building and provided a much-needed motorbike for him to minister to people throughout this extremely rural area.
Pastor Karema currently oversees this church of about 35 adults. 70 children from the local area attend services on the weekend, with 50 of them coming for Children’s Bible Club on Saturdays.
As there are other schools in the vicinity the greatest need here is for a small medical clinic which could lead to a fully functioning hospital in the upcoming years.
Plans are in the works for this first medical clinic in this area to be built. Lord willing, construction of this facility will be complete by the end of 2021.
Cheppema Hope Center
Originally constructed in 2003, the school buildings and a medical clinic are currently not in use. In a conversation with local community members, they have identified their greatest need to be a hospital on this site. Pregnant women are currently traveling 27 kilometers (16.5 miles) down some pretty rough roads just to give birth.
There is plenty of land available here to repurpose buildings for the medical clinic/hospital and still provide some farmland to help support this ministry.
A church building was constructed and the pastor was serving here until about one year ago. The church continues to meet but the building is mostly used for Children’s Bible Clubs on Saturdays.
A small orphanage of 17 children is next door, run by the local bishop of the African Inland Church. Helping Kenya Kids is currently providing a lunch consisting of rice, corn, and beans daily for these children.
Kibera Bible Club
Pastor Maluzi currently oversees the Children’s Bible Club that happens weekly in the heart of the largest slum in East Africa. Currently renting facilities from the local YMCA, children enjoy fun games, singing, Bible stories and memorization, and a lunch consisting of rice, corn, and beans provided on the day of Bible Club.
This is also a great training ground for some of the young adults who are interested in a life of ministry. Approximately 300 children attend weekly.
With proper funding, we can expand this program to include helping widows and single mothers within this slum to learn tailoring, basket making, and baking skills.
Hope Centers success stories:
Below are Hope Centers that we are in the process of giving governance to the local community because they have grown and are ready to lead! We are excited to see how these communities grow in the future with great ministries partners.
Oloototo Hope Center
The first Hope Center, Oloototo Hope Center, started in 1984 includes a chapel, a health clinic, and dormitories for students on its astounding 120 acres. The K-8 school currently educates 1,200 students, has housing for teachers, the pastor, and health clinic nurse, and is complete with its own water system, including both a well and a water filtration system.
The school at Oloototo Hope Center is currently ranked 15th in the district of over 130 schools. They have one of the highest percentages of students who pass their 8th-grade exams which allows them to go on to high school.
As with every Hope Center, the chapel is the backbone of this center and community. Here students attend Bible classes throughout the week and the younger children enjoy Bible Club on the weekends. The pastor at Oloototo Church is home-grown. Having studied at the school here, he went on to secondary school, followed by Bible school, and then returned to pastor this thriving church.
Oloototo Hope Center has been implementing programs to make it a community sustained Hope Center. In 2020 Special Ministries and Helping Kenya Kids officially turned this Hope Center over to the community for its continued running.
Ololii Hope Center
In 2010, Mama Newman learned that children were walking a considerable distance from the Ololii community to attend the primary school at the Olooltoto Hope Center. It was then that Special Ministries prayerfully decided to help Ololii obtain a school of their own.
The need for this school became clearly apparent when they learned that one of the teachers was attacked by an elephant while on the road to school. The Ololii Hope Center was started so that school children would not be endangered by elephants that regularly chased them on the path between these two communities.
A school building for K-8 education was built, along with several restrooms, teachers' housing, a cookhouse, and three water storage tanks. With 250 students at the Ololii Hope Center, the community has grasped the opportunity to sustain this ministry on their own. In 2020, Special Ministries and Helping Kenya Kids officially turned this Hope Center over to the community of Ololii to operate.
Bar-Karumba Hope Center
Located on a hilltop overlooking the city of Kisumu, the Bar-Karumba Hope Center has become a very independent center.
Begun as a secondary school for the area, this Hope Center has received a significant amount of government funding for its operations. Using these funds, the Hope Center staff have overseen the building of a full-scale health clinic and residence for a doctor. They have also constructed an administrative building. Plans are currently in the works for the construction of dormitories for students.
The Community Group at this Hope Center is very intentional and organized in their planning and implementation. They have done an excellent job of making this a successful and growing school. The current principal of the school has been utilizing area pastors to work with these students serving as both chaplains and counselors.
In 2015, Special Ministries and Helping Kenya Kids turned this Hope Center over to the local community to run. It is so encouraging to see the growth of this Hope Center under local leadership.
Ilkerin Hope Center
The people of this community were in an extremely difficult situation back in 2008 when Mama Newman through Special Ministries and Helping Kenya Kids stepped in to give assistance. The repeated droughts that had affected so many other Maasai communities were having its effect here as well. Their only water source is an 8-mile hike to an unclean river. Elephants in the area often make it difficult for the children to get to school as does the long distance they have to walk.
Ilkerine Hope Center now has its own church building. Under the leadership of Pastor Jackson, the church has grown to 150 people.
Classrooms have been constructed for K-7 education and the 400 children attending school here are being fed on a daily basis.
The Community Group here at the Il-Kerine Hope Center is doing a fabulous job in maintaining and sustaining this ministry. In 2020, Special Ministries along with Helping Kenya Kids have officially turned this Hope Center over to the local community to run.
Mutulu Hope Center
The Hope Center of Mutulu launched in 1996 and began with the building of a chapel. Subsequent years saw the startup of a school, a health clinic, and finally, a series of workshops for widows to use in learning tailoring, basket making, and baking skills.
The property houses 3 school buildings including classrooms for 400 students grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Included with these buildings are both boy's and girl's latrines, a kitchen, a large meeting room, and administration offices. There is a separate Chapel and Health Clinic built onsite. Due in part to the remote nature of this Hope Center, both boys and girls boarding rooms were constructed currently housing 42 girls and 20 boys along with a series of duplexes for faculty to live in. Housing is also provided for the clinic nurse and the pastor.
Lunch, consisting of rice, corn, and beans, is provided daily for all children, and a breakfast porridge is provided for the elementary students as well.
Located on the top of a mountain just outside the capital city of Nairobi, the Mutulu Hope Center is currently looking to hire a nurse to run the clinic and a pastor for the church. The church building is currently in use by the African Inland Church but the pastor is only available on Sunday and the desire is to have someone available throughout the week for Morning Children’s Club and adult counseling. Currently, about 80 of the students attend church weekly.
We started a farm to help provide income to sustain Hope Centers in Kenya. This year we have turned the corner and we are starting to sell enough to bring some profit to invest back into Hope Centers!
We are currently growing french green beans that are being exported around the globe. It's possible you've eaten some beans that were grown on our farm in the small community of Ruai.
If you're a farmer we would love you to come visit and help us make this farm a shining example for ministries around the world to learn from!