There are two million orphans in Kenya, an East African country of about 30 million people. Some of these children can be found in Mathare Valley, pit of heartbreak and despair, home to some 600,000 people within six square miles of Nairobi, Kenya. At the bottom of this human heap of misery are abandoned babies; AIDS orphans cowering in abusive relative’s homes; and ragged street kids sniffing glue to escape hunger, physical and emotional. Many will enter and leave the world here, perpetuating a vicious cycle of generational poverty and hopelessness.
In the midst of this relentless suffering, Pastor and Mrs. Karau, Hope’s Promise Kenyan Country Coordinators opened Sanctuary of Hope #1 in October 2006, a children’s home for eleven orphans from Mathare Valley. Sanctuary of Hope #2 opened in September 2008 to receive a family of ten more children. Working together, we are enfolding forgotten little ones into homes of security and love.
Enjoy this glimpse into the early days of SoH. Our thanks go to Melissa Berry for creating this video, as well as to songwriter, singer and musician, Brendan Jamieson. To see and hear the SoH family describing the heart of Hope’s Promise Kenya’s mission, take a few moments to view a more recent video. Many thanks to the video’s creator, Daniel Barassa and also to songwriter, singer and musician, Brendan Jamieson. If you would like to know more about what is currently going on at SoH, click on Newsletter tab to see the most recent All Country Newsletter.
Hope’s Promise Kenya Connection Team, 2014
Ready for an adventure? Longing to see God at work through His people? Willing to learn, grow, and connect with other cultures? Then why not join Connection Team Kenya (May 28 – June 9, 2014), a short term mission trip sponsored by Hope’s Promise. Discover God’s heart for the orphaned and witness first-hand the causes of orphan-hood and the spectrum of responses. Space is limited to 20 participants. Reserve yours now!
Hope’s Promise Kenya Short Term Mission, January, 2011
From Jan 12-24, 2011 a Hope’s Promise team of twelve members served in Kenya. Our team ranged in age from 13 to late 50’s, with every decade represented. We served in three settings designed to help team members grapple specifically with how to respond to the world-wide crisis of orphans (143 million orphans in the world, 3 million orphans in Kenya): Mathare Valley slum, an institutional orphanage called Mother Teresa Home for Abandoned Children, and Hope’s Promise’s two foster families of eleven children each called Sanctuary of Hope. You are invited to join our team and process with us through a series of travel journal entries.Visit Pamba Toto… learn about a unique way business that supports Sanctuary of Hope through sales of jewelry and home decorations. To learn more about Bryan Jones , a musician who combined his talents with a passion for orphans. He and his band “Picnic in the Meadow” produced an album of original music called “Livin’ in Me” as an offering of “loaves and fishes” to raise money and awareness for Hope’s Promise, and specifically to raise funds to open a new home in Kenya. Visit http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/picnicinthemeadow to purchase the CD.