Sponsorship is the foundation of The Kenya project. Without the generous support of our sponsors, many of the children would not be able to attend school. Through the years, we have seen how an education has improved the lives of these children and given them a hope for a better future. We now have had 5 students who have not only completed their education at MPA, but have completed college or a trade school after secondary school. We currently have 17 students in college or trade school. Beyond education, however, sponsorship provides two meals a day for these students who may not have a meal otherwise. Over the last 9 years, I have witnessed the growth and development of the students at MPA and how they are thriving as a result of our sponsors.
I knew from the first day at Mountain Park Academy that this is where God wanted me to do His work. I see Jesus in the face of every child and their joy humbles me.
After serving on the medical team for the last sixteen years, I have been blessed to see the improvement in the children’s health care. This has been through the providers yearly physical and mental health care examination by assessing, diagnosing, and treating episodic or ongoing health care needs. Treatment was provided by the team or by seeking available local health care providers. The team also teaches yearly dental care, proper hygiene, and the need to drink water and wash hands frequently. The growth and development of the children is enhanced through the 2 meal a day feeding program. The food sustains most children who may or may not have food when they go home at night or on the weekend. The feeding program also maintained the children’s height and weight through a progressive drought last year.
God is at work thru The Kenya Project and Mountain Park Academy. From such humble beginnings and a woman’s call to service, God has provided school, water, medical services, children’s homes, a dining hall, a feeding program, dormitories and now a trade school. And then, there is the opportunity to go, serve and develop personal relationships with these amazing students. Thanks be to God for He is Able!
I am truly inspired by the women of Mountain Park Academy and the surrounding village. The love we all share for the Lord makes it a pleasure for me to bring the Word of God to them at the womans day. We are all united as sisters in Christ, and desire to include Him as the center of life at Mountain Park Academy.
Supporting and helping Mountain Park Academy and its students grow and flourish has been has been a calling of ordinary people. God has used these ordinary people to create extraordinary results. He has multiplied the investment of time, talent and treasure of many to transform a little community in Kenya. While the work of The Kenya Project provided the opportunity for Mountain Park Academy to grow, it was God who provided the increase in astounding and amazing ways. My own faith has grown as I have been a witness to God’a grace and goodness in this work.
As I’ve worked to advance in my personal career over the past several years, I’m often asked about my background working with nonprofits. Each time this question is posed, I sit back, smile softly, and think about The Kenya Project, as this was the organization that started it all for me. I was about 11-years-old when I first heard of The Kenya Project. I was in a Sunday school class at my church, and the leader was talking about her upcoming mission trip. She was telling us about how she was trying to raise money for craft supplies, because the school she would be visiting in Kenya wouldn’t be able to afford the Bible verse bookmarks that she planned to make with students. I look back now and consider the underserved privilege that I had, even as a young child, to not be able to imagine how a school wouldn’t be able to buy bookmarks for their students. As a young girl, hearing of this concern, my heart was immediately captivated, and it became one of the fundamental missions of my youth to help support these kids halfway around the world so that they could also enjoy some of the things that I had previously so freely taken advantage of. Throughout my teenage years, I was blessed with the opportunity to visit Kenya many times, making relationships and learning truths that have carried me through even to this point in my life. Kenya is where I learned what truly matters, and Kenya is where I committed myself to God and to a career path that would in some way bring more love and light into the world. Now, in my work as National Director of a nonprofit, I can easily trace my roots back in this field to ways in which The Kenya Project changed my life by showing me that helping others always ends up benefiting the she who gives even more than it benefits she who receives. I think back to my first trip to Kenya… to the old barnyard school buildings that were literally falling apart. I then look at the current pictures of this sprawling school that has graduated hundreds of students who have been empowered to be the best possible versions of themselves and shape their communities accordingly. All in all, I am so appreciative of every person who has supported this mission, as I have personally witnessed the incredible work that is made possible through this work. The Kenya Project has allowed for lives to change and for dreams to come true- not just in Kenya, but in my own testimony, too.