Living Hope is an accredited residential Christian school that has been in existence since 2010 in Bungoma, Kenya – 8 hours north of the capital of Nairobi. Eighty eight impoverished teens who live and are educated at Living Hope have lost one or both parents due to AIDS, desertion or disease. Some have both parents but live in abject poverty. Students fortunate enough to be accepted to live and study at Living Hope find their lives radically changed as they experience, many for the first time, a bed to sleep in, three meals a day and the opportunity to envision a bright future.
Jarrettown Church and Living Hope
JUMC’s Connie Damon has gone to Living Hope for the past 7 years as our Ambassador. Although the pandemic prevented her return this past January, she hopes to be able to return in January of 2022 to continue work begun there in past years.
Through her sharing of needs upon her return here each year, Jarrettown Church members have caught her sense of urgency to help with the needs of Living Hope. In 2014, we were able to raise the money to have a Well dug. In years since, we have helped with the purchase of a vehicle for emergency transport of ill students and those in the surrounding Bush. We built a Healing Hut (small Dispensary), equipped it with medicines and hired a local nurse who sees to the medical needs of the students. We helped with purchasing a parcel of land adjoining the campus for a new dorm to be built, and construction of protective fencing around the property. These are just some of the ways we have answered the call. Marilyn and the students constantly say “THANK YOU JARRETTOWN!”.
The vision and goals of Living Hope are becoming a reality as sponsored children have their lives changed and are given hope to replace hopelessness. God is at work at Living Hope, and we can continue to help.
How You Can Help
- Pray for the children at Living Hope.
- Contribute during April to our fund-raising for the ministry of Living Hope (click here for info/form).
- Sign up to sponsor a student.
Living Hope receives no support from any source except individual donors from the US who sponsor individual students, paying $110 monthly. Donations are 100% tax deductible. The total amount goes to pay for the student’s living expenses and education. All support donations are handled by the Rierton UM Church, which acts as the 501c3 coordinator.