Today is Give To the Max Minnesota day 2020!

As you ponder ways to make your dollars go further today, think about the hope you would bring to children in Kisumu, Kenya when you donate and make an impact in their lives. Getting through just one day is a struggle, but with your help, even they will have a chance to not get too far behind during these confusing times. You have until 11:59 PM Central time today, 11/19/2020 to Donate here.  

In 2020, we are making a difference to over 300 children in Kisumu, Kenya, everyday. 

Since our inception in 2007, we have graduated over 2000 children from K - 4th grade. 

Thank you for all your prayers and support. Click here to donate

COVID-19 Impact on our schools in Kenya

The chatter and giggling banter grow louder as students excitedly come through the gates into Arise N Shine Community School compound every morning. The school is the only k-4 institution for miles in Kisumu township, Kenya that for the last 13 years has offered free education, uniforms, and a daily meal program to those children whom a formal education would otherwise be out of reach. 

As the founder and executive director for Hope for the Child Inc (HFTC), a US-based not-for-profit that fully funds and supports this school and one other in rural Kisumu, I am proud of the milestones we have reached. Since inception, we have graduated over 2000 children and supported another 500 post-graduation, in their subsequent pursuits. We have provided access to basic healthcare, sanitation, clean drinking water, built a library, promoted the arts and invested in Early Childhood Development Education for our teachers to maximize learning in the classroom. HFTC has invested in a farm that provides fresh foods from farm to table to subsidize our daily meal program and to provide economic development to improve the livelihood of all our staff across the initiatives that come together to make the enterprise work.

Despite all our successes, it never occurred to me that we would be faced with a decision to completely shut down the schools due to Covid-19. Read more...

A Paradigm Pivot during Covid times

A third grader receiving feedback from their teacher on the learning packet he completed at home. 

Due to the school closings, we encourage parents and caregivers to come to the school twice a week to pick up learning packets to go for their students at home. In exchange for rations and replenishment, they bring back the completed packets for grading and feedback - a bonus if they bring the child in so we see them and check on their safety. 

Thanks to our donors for their support in helping make this and other initiatives possible.

Arise N Shine Completes Schoolhouse in Rural Kisumu - Nyamila


The schoolhouse in Rachuonyo, Siaya District, Nyamila, Kisumu is now complete. This building will house the second school for Arise N Shine Community Academies in Kenya. 

The construction project which began October 2019 and finished August 15th 2020 marked a great milestone as it expanded our reach in bringing access to education to the last mile. 

Before all schools shutting down due to Covid-19, Arise N Shine Community Academy in Nyamila was serving 90 students daily with basic education, 2 meals a day, basic health and nutrition.  We had been using the local church sanctuary as a the schoolhouse since the inception of the school in January 2019. 

During the down time, HFTC mobilized resources to accelerate the schoolhouse construction while providing employment to the local youth. Read more...

Serving abandoned and disadvantaged children in Kisumu, Kenya SINCE 2007

The students that we serve consist of children from various disadvantaged groups, including but not limited to, children from backgrounds of poverty, abuse and HIV/AIDS in the Kisumu area. Hope for the Child will enable orphans to become adults who are able to contribute to society and defeat poverty for generations to come. Through education and community leadership initiatives, we inspire children to realize their full potential in life. The aim of HFTC is to bring not only food and substance to the body, but to nurture the mind and soul through love, education, and parental guidance.

"Kenya is among the world’s 30 poorest countries, ranking 152 out of 177 countries on the 2006 Human Development Index."

"More than 15 million people – including more than half the rural population – are without access to safe water or sanitation facilities."

1.2 million of school-going aged children remain unenrolled


Hope for the Child Inc Receives 2020 Best of St. Paul Award

ST. PAUL February 8, 2020 -- Hope for the Child Inc has been selected for the 2020 Best of St. Paul Award in the Child Care Services category by the St. Paul Award Program.

Each year, the St. Paul Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the St. Paul area a great place to live, work and play.


News and Highlights:

Golf Event Cancelled.

Due to COVID-19 our annual golf event is cancelled. Please check with us in 2020 for another opportunity to tee off for a worthy cause. 

Thank you for your support and we will keep you posted should things change. 

Thank you for an AMAZING 2019! 

In 2019 we grew to almost 300 students in the 2 schools that we serve daily.  

Thanks to you, our donations grew by 30%, more than we have ever had since our inception in 2007. 

Thank you so much for choosing to make us part of your mission and giving this year.  

We had our very first graduating kindergartners in our new school in Rural Nyamila, which was a big infusion of energy, encouragement and excitement for the children and the community at large.  

We are thankful to our partnerships such as one with Destination Teach, based in New York,  for bringing much needed resources, best practice, fun and flavor  to the school. Our collaboration with Moving Forward Africa, based in Minneapolis, brought us a step closer to bringing water to the people of Nyamor Village in Asembo. 

Our flagship school in Kisumu Town, Tom Mboya, graduated the 4th graders, our highest level. We completed the final touches to the library with your help, providing desks, chair, shelves, furniture and reading resources to help enhance learning for the students. 

So what is next? 

This year, in 2020, we are looking to build 4 new classrooms in our Rural Nyamila School. Enrollment is expected to grow this coming school year which starts in January, just a few weeks away.  We are also building a kitchen that will help bring the standards of nutrition up to code. 

This coming year we need your help to find books for the library in Tom Mboya School. We are looking forward to a partnership that will make this possible to enhance learning for our students. 

On behalf of all the families and staff at Hope for the Child, I would like to send warm hugs and best wishes as you celebrate Christmas and bring in the New Year in the best way! 

Hope for the Child and Arise N Shine Community Academies extends its deepest gratitude to YOU,  for helping us make our mission real!

Thank you!


Akinyi Williams

Executive Director, Founder

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