Kenya Hope has researched and sought out new communities that desire assistance. The Orkarkar community was one in particular that stood out to us. Its needs are staggering and it is extremely isolated. The closest town is a 3-4 hour drive away. Water was a critical concern, because residents of Orkarkar were forced to walk miles to the nearest source. Schools were 5 to 10 miles away. Only twelve individuals in this community had completed elementary school, and only one person had completed high school. There were no medical facilities available and there was no evangelical presence.
Due to their isolation, Kenya's Maasai communities live as they have for centuries, practicing traditional customs. Some of these customs involve marriage at a young age and initiations.
Kenya Hope began working with the Orkarkar community in 2015. Today nearly 400 students are being educated on the Kenya Hope center! We have also built the facilities within the fences of the land designated by the community. There are now seven elementary classrooms, a cook house, and a pre-school building. There is sturdy and solid housing for seven faculty members, and all buildings have solar power for lighting. Water is collected in seven water tanks attached to these buildings. As of March 2021, this Hope Center has its own deep well, with a solar powered pump that provides potable water for hundreds of residents.
Within the Kenya Hope Center of Orkarkar is a beautiful chapel, housing a grow church congregation with an ordained, Maasai pastor.
Orkarkar Center is a model site for the Widow's Might project, training widows to make and sell bread, as well as other things. It is a demonstration of sustainability at the simplest level.