Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Equip and empower women and children in impoverished communities through rehabilitation, education, and subsistence farming for sustainable livelihood.
Our vision is to purchase 20-acre pieces of land that will be used to support at least 20 families on each piece through providing self-sustaining farming, well for clean water, and vocational school for both parents and their children. The goal is to provide sustainable livelihood and education for slum communities to eradicate poverty, diseases, abuse, crime, and preventable deaths while attending to the physical, spiritual, and mental needs of individuals and families.
Expand livelihood possibilities for impoverished women and children via education, life skills, vocational trades, and humanitarian outreach.
All mission efforts are supported by individual and church donors. We hold various fundraising events throughout the year to meet the school's budget. Once we purchase the land and as we continue meeting our vision, we will start organizing volunteers for short-term mission trips to help develop the Hope Mission school and farm.
Imani Yako Inc., a non-profit extending hope to the impoverished – via the dynamic faith of others – through progression to independent self-sustained life improvement for women and children living in slum related communities of the world.
2002 - 2005:
Bev Kilde traveled to Kenya in 2002 to attend her son's (Scott) wedding. Her friend and fellow parishioner, Shirley Prochnow, gave Bev $50 to purchase food for a poor family. This humble donation led to more parishioners, friends, and family donating more money to feed poor family. Scott, then a missionary in Sudan and Kenya, and his wife Josephine, started a feeding program in Kware slums in Ongata Rongai. They bought food in bulk and walked around the slum giving food to hungry families.
In 2003, the feeding effort was named Hope Mission, and a collaboration was created with Victory Community Project, which was a project for providing education and a safe space for slum children under the age of 10. Hope Mission provided three healthy meals for the 80 children in Victory project from 2003 to 2005
Scott and Josephine moved to United States and left the school to be fully run and operated by Kenyan staff and teachers.
2006 - 2008:
Hope Mission moved it's efforts from Kware slums to Kiserian slums and established a school, Hope Mission Centre. The school was established following Victory project's model but soon to realize there is more need than just providing a safe place for the pre-school children. A collaboration was formed between Hope Mission Center and two local public schools to continue supporting the students through primary education
2009 - current:
Scott and Josephine gathered the mission's long time supporters to form a board in order to form a US non-profit organization in order to expand and increase the work of Hope Mission. Imani Yako was hence registered in 2009 and the mission changed from just providing food and education to slum children but to create a sustainable livelihood for the families.
We plan to have a sustainable school and farm in place by 2015. Once this operation is successful, we will scale to other slum communities in Kenya and around the world.
Matthew 25:35, 36, 40
Franklin D. Roosevelt