Many Hopes provides a loving home for orphaned and abandoned girls in Mtwapa, Kenya. Known in Kenya as “Mudzini Kwetu”, Many Hopes finds, rescues, houses, loves and educates former street children and equips them to be the future agents of change in their community. Our philosophy is that investing in education and family support for children is the most effective way of ending cyclical poverty.
Today: There are more than 40 parentless girls who had spent their earliest years surviving on Mtwapa’s streets and trash piles. Today they live in four family homes on our large property, attend school, and care for one another. The girls have a safe place to sleep, food to eat and a second chance at childhood. We were proud to be named “Best Home in the District” by Kenya’s Government Inspector’s Report in April 2007, and to dedicate staff time and efforts to support the community around us through pro bono child rights advocacy to providing clean water through a tap outside our door accessible to anyone who needs it.
Tomorrow: While Mudzini Kwetu has grown in huge ways over the past five years, it is imperative to ensure the well-being of the other girls who will need Mudzini Kwetu someday soon. Many Hopes is raising a generation of children who will be the lawyers and teachers and doctors and nurses and journalists that will build the schools and dig the wells and construct the toilets so the next generation of children does not suffer as they did. Any support you give is not a donation, but an investment.
I had the joy of visiting Mudzini Kwetu, the home supported by OHMH, in the summer of 2009, made a return trip in April 2012, and have been involved with fundraising and support for the orphanage since returning to the States. On my return trip, I was able to personally witness the immense impact our fundraising dollars have made, from the beautiful new four story home built in 2010 to the huge tilapia fish farm now providing addition revenue for the project and a healthy source of protein for our girls.
I feel passionately about the work done at Many Hopes, under the leadership and guidance of our Kenyan director and staff, the emphasis on providing a great education for each of the girls, and the transparency of their work. I invite you to learn more about Many Hopes and about my experiences while I was in Kenya. If you’re interested in getting involved with a team of Many Hopes supporters, we have active chapters in Boston, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, London, and Belfast, and are always happy to add more “aunties and uncles” to our family!