Who Are We

1998: Humble, grassroot beginnings

In 1998, Peter Midodo and his wife Rachel lived in the slums of Awendo, Kenya. Everyday, they saw young children in the street around their house, not going to school. One day, they invited some of them in for a cup of porridge, and Rachel started teaching them how to read and write. The next day, the same children came back, with friends, and the next day, even more friends. Within six months, they had around 100 children coming every day. 

 

2003: Peter visits the Adirondacks 

In 2001, Peter came to the United States to study. In 2003, Peter met Derek Bevan, of Corinth, NY. He told him his story, shared his vision of helping children in need at the Joy Baby Complex. In May 2003, Peter told his story to some new friends, who would one day become Hope for Kenya, and requested help to buy some land to expand. They received $4,000. This sum combined with Peter & Rachel’s savings and other donations purchased the land on which he would eventually build the Joy Schools International in Ndhiwa. The Joy Schools International grew to serve 150 children from preschool to third grade.

 

2006: Hope for Kenya is created

In 2006, Peter visited the Adirondacks again, and showed the progress allowed by donations. Impressed with all the work, Derek and volunteers started Hope for Kenya, a US non-profit organization, dedicated to supporting the vision of creating hope for the children in the Ndhiwa community. Over the following years, they raised money to support the construction of the 8 classrooms and a water tower at the Joy Schools International.

 

2009: First visit to Kenya

A group of volunteers visited the schools for the first time in 2009, and in increasing frequency, groups came back. Currently, two groups of 10 to 16 people visit every year, in February and October.

The first groups came to work on projects, like building desks, a dormitory, or a water well. Over time, though, the focus of the trips changed to interacting with students on a daily basis, in the classrooms, on the playgrounds, etc. These visits are now a cornerstone of Hope for Kenya: you are invited to come, experience the work yourself, and participate on the ground. Meeting the children, the staff, seeing what has been built, and what still needs to be built, fuels the organization.

 

2014: The sponsorship program

By 2013, the Joy Schools International had expanded to approximately 300, more than half of which were boarding students. Until then, Hope for Kenya was raising money to fund construction & renovation projects. But in 2014, Hope for Kenya decided it was time to focus on individual students even more directly, and created a sponsorship program. During each visit since, interviews have taken place, and Philip, the team’s videographer, records the stories posted which are then posted on Hope for Kenya’s website. Sponsors can choose a child and start a personal connection with a student.  As students graduated out of our partner primary schools, Hope for Kenya needed to find high schools that would allow and appreciate the sponsor-student relationship. Once identified Hope for Kenya built relationships with two high schools (Bishop Odera High School and Nyatambe High School) and now sponsors can continue to support and follow their student through high school, and college.

 

The Hands and Feet of Hope

Since 2016, The Hands and Feet of Hope is the part of Hope for Kenya that seeks to partner with the families and communities where many of the sponsor children come from by providing training in sustainable marketplace businesses and micro finance opportunities. Our paper bead ministry has been a huge success and has allowed for clean water, business growth, construction of an elementary school, and has provided hope for the future.

 

First graduates

As of January 2019, over 350 sponsored students attend primary, high schools, and college. Hope for Kenya still raises money for projects on behalf of partnering schools.  Thanks to our volunteers 100% of ALL FUNDS we receive go to Kenya.

 

The Village of Hope

In August 2019, we purchased 5 acres to build our home base in Kenya along with a primary school and a rescue center for girls.