In 2022, we are still making a difference to over 350 children in Kisumu, Kenya, everyday. 

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

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Hope for the Child is a Christ-centered organization that works diligently to spread the love of Jesus Christ across the communities we serve. We hope that, others can experience God's love through our mission and faith in Jesus Christ.   

Remembering Mary Menya, our visionary.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. Isaiah 60 KJV

We welcome 2022 with much humility and gratitude to everyone who continued to support us through the uncertainty.

2021, indeed, was a difficult year for us at Hope for the Child, especially because we lost our founder, our visionary and my mother, Mary Menya. 

With my father, Jashon Menya, at her side, we began Arise N Shine Community schools in 2007, working towards a simple mission of bringing education access and hope to the most vulnerable children in the community. We started with 7 children in baby class and today we have grown to build 2 schools in Kisumu, serving over 350 children. These schools has graduated over 3000 children. Daily the school provides education and nutritional needs daily, with classes running from Pre-K to 5th grade in Kisumu town and Pre-K to 2nd grade in the rural location.

In 2021, we strengthened processes at the farm, supplementing more healthy fruit and vegetables to the schools. We have built on opportunities for students to grow their reading skills at the library and to develop civic engagement through extracurricular activities such as field trips, sports and the music programs. Some of our students in the rural school had never been outside of their villages, so a trip to Kisumu town and to the zoo was eye opening. We continue our commitment to empowering our teachers so they can bring their best to the classrooms by providing Early Childhood training and certifications at the local colleges and we built staff housing facilities in our rural location. We make a difference and empower the community at large. Not only did enrollment increase by 80 to 350, but staff also grew from 29 to 39 employees in 2021.

In 2022 we look to expand into a 3rd location in Kisumu and we are very excited to continue partnering with our donors to make the magic happen.

15 years ago, with love, purpose, and pure grit from a strong woman, Mary Menya, this mission started. With love we press on into the future and carry the torch to bring the vision to pass.

To all our friends who have carried us through the changes and the toughest of times, we salute you.

From students, teachers, staff and myself, we wish you bountiful blessings and a prosperous 2022!

Akinyi Williams

Founder |Executive Director |Chief School Administrator

Arise N Shine Community Academies, Hope for the Child Inc.

Mary and Jashon Menya, sitting on their front porch in 2012.

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...

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 vulnerable 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


Remembering Mary Menya,
 our visionary. 

HFTC Founder and Executive Director, Akinyi Williams is featured on the Fall 2020 "Pivot" issue of the Harvard Ed Magazine. 

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1st Grade class in session in Rural Nyamila location. 

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. 


News and Highlights:

Reading session at the new library in Tom Mboya Kisumu location.

Students have fun at break in Tom Mboya Kisumu location. 

A Pre-K student prepares to start her day in Rural Nyamila location. 

Children at lunch in Rural Nyamila location.

Older 2nd grade students help with the chores and clean up after lunch in Rural Nyamila location.