I’m Shany, I’m passionate about bringing Hope to the lost and going after what seems impossible to man.
In 2014 my husband and I spent 3 months in Africa serving the people who naturally do not have much hope. I didn’t know that my life was about to be radically changed forever… as we were traveling around East Africa I saw so many children who had no hope for life, so many little ones who had no food, no shoes or clothes to wear, many children who are being abused and others who are orphans. Precious children, some do not have parents to care for them. My heart broke in compassion for them and I decided that I will do something about it.
In 2014 we founded Hope Academy in Kenya, Africa, under our regional director who we have been working with since late 2009. Hope Academy is located in Western Kenya, Bungoma County which is on a mountain bordering Uganda. Having a school on the mountain (known as Mt. Elgon) is very challenging due to the distance and the lack of or more accurately the absence of water and electricity. Our children walk anywhere between 1 and 3 miles per day. Many without shoes, breakfast, lunch or proper clothing.
To try to help put things in perspective, the culture here is very different from the culture in America. It is very common to see young girls, five or six years old taking care of their little siblings. I’m talking about carrying them on their backs while they look for sticks, branches or anything else to help start the fire for dinner. They also have to carry the water. You will see young children typically girls going to the stream to fill 1 gallon or 3 gallon jugs of water and carrying them on their heads to help out with the daily necessities. Life in Kenya is very challenging. Most are living day by day just to survive.
Our vision is to help bring Hope to a Generation who has the potential to change the Nation. We started the school and we have been getting by and doing the best we can with what we have. We rent a mud structure where the children learn daily. They encounter many obstacles, like sharing a small room for 90 students, walking far distances with no food, or being sick and not being able to get medicine etc.
Just this past summer we were able to buy a class set of books, which really helped the children. Prior to that they had no books, no syllabus, or anything like that. We were able to buy pencils, note pads, chalk, erasers and some other necessary tools that they never had before! They didn’t know how to use a crayon or a sharpener! The teachers make an average of about $10 a month. This is below their average daily wage, but they are willing to sacrifice themselves so their children can get a better education. As we are writing this the government schools throughout the country of Kenya have been closed for 3 weeks because the teachers decided to go on strike. But our school has continued daily with their routine and classes because it is a private school. The children in Kenya love to learn. I’ve never seen children this passionate and eager to learn as they know with no education they will remain in the conditions their families are in. We love going and helping them to see beyond their current circumstances. We help them to expand their vision and to dream so they can find out what they have been created to do and find their purpose. And when they find their purpose they will have Hope to fulfill their purpose and live a life that differs from their current situation.
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