MHA in Kenya
Kenya is a beautiful country located on the East African Coast along the Indian Ocean. It is bordered by Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north, and Somalia to the north-east. Situated on the equator along the African Great lakes region which has been inhabited by humans since the Lower Paleolithic period, Kenya has been described as the “cradle of humanity”. It encompasses Savannah grasslands, Lakelands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley, mountain highlands and abundant wildlife such as Lions, Elephants, and Rhinos.
The British Empire established the East African Protectorate in 1895, which starting in 1920 gave way to the Kenya Colony. As a founding member of the East African Community, Kenya attained its independence in 1963 after a bloody armed struggle known as the Mau Mau rebellion and in 1964, Kenya became a republic.
With forty two indigenous ethnic groups and a population of forty three million, the present day Kenya’s ethnic diversity has produced a vibrant culture but also a source of conflict. In 2011 Kenya intervened in conflict in Somalia as an ally of global war on terror and has subsequently suffered several apparent reprisal attacks. The Islamist militant Al-Shabab movement, active in the neighboring Somalia has been launching a growing number of attacks in Kenya, including the 2013 massacre at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi and the 2015 attack on Garissa University College in north-west Kenya. Other pressing challenges include high unemployment, crime, chronic poverty and an influx of refugees from both Somalia and South Sudan. Droughts frequently put millions of people at risk as well. Nevertheless, for many years, Kenya has been plagued by the culture of systemic corruption and endemic tribalism which has left a large segment of the population marginalized and disenfranchised, as a result of political patronage. To this day, many Kenyans remain voiceless as their freedom has been denied, their integrity assaulted and their hope for the future destroyed. In spite of all this, we see the hand of God at work and hope reborn. Mission of Hope Africa (MHA) has stepped in with the gospel of Jesus Christ to bring hope to the hopeless and to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need.
Mission of Hope Africa (MHA) is involved in funding a number of specific activities in Kenya:
What good is it to gain the whole world and lose your soul? The core mission of MHA is to win souls to Christ. In Kenya, the thirst for the gospel is immense and the harvest is plentiful. By the grace of God, Mission of Hope Africa (MHA) in collaboration with its sister organization Mission of Hope Kenya (MHK) is currently conducting evangelism missions in different slums and schools across Trans-Nzoia County in Kitale. We pray for souls to be won to Christ. Ancillary to these, and when circumstances warrant, MHA’s work of evangelism through mission of mercy to the most poor and needy also endeavors to meet basic needs of food and clothing, providing clean water through well drilling, harvesting rain water, and mediate conflicts and tension among members of communities that still embrace the cultural practice of female genital mutilation. Supported by staff and volunteers in the field, Mission of Hope Africa shares the gospel of Jesus Christ as opportunity affords in the context of alleviating the acute material needs of the people it serves. The Biblical message is clear: An authentic response to the grace we have received in Christ includes a genuine concern for both the spiritual and material well being of the poor and needy among us. The people that MHA serves are among the most oppressed and materially deprived on the planet-from South Sudanese victims of religious and internecine conflict to slum dwellers in the poorest regions of Kenya who lack the most basic human needs and whose access to medical care is either limited or nonexistent. These are the people the Samaritan stopped to serve in the well- known parable and the ones we wish to ask you to support as well. Mission of Hope Africa’s vision for 2016 by the grace of God is to plant at least one church and to sponsor two pastors to go to theological college.
A healthy population is a productive population. Due to deplorable sanitary conditions in the slums and low income neighborhoods, epidemics such as Jigger infestation, dysentery, cholera, malaria, typhoid, and pneumonia are prevalent. MHA has committed its resources and is partnering with Mission of Hope Kenya, and the Kenya Red Cross to provide free medical services to the impoverished local communities in Kitale. Our social workers and volunteers move from one slum to another to provide care to these destitute individuals. Currently, MHA is partnering with Mission of Hope Kenya (MHK) to establish a medical clinic in Kitale, and a base of operations for field activities, and to serve the impoverished local community. MHA is currently working on acquiring medical equipments which will ensure an affordable access by the local community to a level of health care more advanced than is now available in that region.
Gigger Infested feet
A literate population is a healthy population. To address the critical need for education for a generation of Kenyan children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, and those torn from their homes and communities by years of chronic poverty and hardship, Mission of Hope Africa (MHA) in partnership with Mission of Hope Kenya (MHK), is offering education sponsorship to select individuals with academic aptitude, placing them in boarding schools and universities in stable communities. At the completion of their education, sponsored individuals are encouraged to return to their communities and are assisted in landing jobs in organizations where they may be of influence in forging peace and developing stable communities. In gratitude and after securing an income, these individuals are then encouraged to sponsor another child in return, thus perpetuating a growing network of educational opportunity for the youth. MHA’s goal for 2016 is to sponsor at least ten students. We are praying and asking for more monetary donations from well wishers, literally, so we can continue to help provide this very basic human right. Just recently, MHA in collaboration with Mission of Hope Kenya, the Kenya Red Cross, and the Hindu Community, donated shoes to students at Showground Primary School, an event which was officiated by Honorable the First lady, Trans-Nzoia County. The Hindu Community pledged to provide the students with free meals for a period of one year, whereas Mission of Hope Kenya pledged to donate sanitary towels to school girls.