What is Hope Partnership?
The 2.5 million residents of the slums and urban areas of Nairobi, Kenya, lack the basic necessities of life that most people take for granted: adequate housing, clean water, sanitation services and public schools. Diseases run unchecked throughout the communities, as well, and the scarcity of jobs complicates every problem.
In response to these overwhelming issues, CMF formed a new team in 2000 to begin ministry in the slums using the principles of Community Health Evangelism (CHE) as its primary strategy. The team members became acquainted with the ground-breaking work of Wallace and Mary Kamau, Kenyan nationals and Christians, who had founded and were running the Mathare Family Hope Center in the Mathare Valley slums, and realized that they shared a similar vision for the people of this area.
The CMF team began working with the Kamaus and the Hope Partnership was formalized in 2005. The Partnership was designed to bring together the CMF team, the Kamaus’ organization (Missions of Hope International) and U.S. churches to address the desperate, crushing problems on a community level.
Since that time, more than 30 different U.S. churches have committed to a long-term relationship and Community Partnership with a specific area in the Nairobi slums. These churches provide financial assistance and church-planting support, plus consultants and short-term teams to help with church leadership development, construction, medical work, business consultations, agricultural work and teaching.
In addition, a Child Sponsorship program and BigDent, a micro-lending program, were developed by CMF and MoHI as opportunities to provide education and basic care for the children, and income-producing small businesses for the families living in the Mathare slums. Hundreds of churches and individuals across the country have responded and now provide new life and hope for nearly 10,000 children through their monthly sponsorship donations and for around 2,000 clients through their donations to BigDent.
Lives and communities are being changed in Nairobi as churches are planted, schools established and small businesses turn a profit. Most importantly, God is being glorified in one of the darkest slums of the world, thanks to the vision of the Hope Partnership.