Hope for the Destitute is a nonprofit organization in Kisumu, Kenya that provides educational support for orphaned children and shelter for needy widows. Many children are orphaned as a result of the high prevalence of HIV and AIDS in this country and are left in the care of elderly relatives who have no source of income. Education is not free in Kenya, and many students are unable to access it, leading to unemployment and a continual chain of poverty within their families. Hope for the Destitute ensures that orphaned children can access education as well as be nurtured spiritually in Lutheran teachings and devotions. We welcome you to be part of the Lord’s work through monthly or yearly donations.
Kibos Hope Academy and the other programs of Hope for the Destitute are based in Kisumu, Kenya
This is Rose Atieno. She is in charge of the kitchen, makes sure everyone has eaten. She is a scout and loves the environment. She only has her mother (Pamella Akinyi) who not able to pay for her to go to school. Father is deceased (Patrick Odongo). Rose wants to be a teacher when she grows up
The farm project generates income locally to support Hope for the Destitute through raising and harvesting sugar cane and maize crops.
Home Based Care
We encourage and empower the relatives of orphaned children to care for them. Building new homes for widows and providing education for the children gives hope to the entire family.
The catechetical seminar is an annual one week seminar for all our orphans and the youth in the area, led by Lutheran pastors to teach the Word of God, Christian doctrine, and important life skills.
Kibos Hope Academy
Kibos Hope Academy was founded to provide education for young students from 1st through 7th grade who are sponsored for their tuition.
Sponsor a Child
Because the budget is so small for Hope for the Destitute and the opportunities to help children so big, you may not get mail back from your child, but be assured that they WILL know you by your love. You will receive a picture and a little background information about your child.
How it works
When you sponsor a child, you’ll be connected with a boy or girl who will know your name and treasure the thought that you care. Your support of $50 per month, only $600 per year) provides life-changing opportunities for elementary students. Support of $100 month provides for high school students. All students receive
What sponsoring a child provides
An opportunity to attend or stay in school; Medical care, often life-saving; Nourishing food; Mentoring and a safe environment; Most importantly, opportunities to hear the Gospel.
Allow God to work through you in the life of a child in poverty. Sponsor a child today
Donations by check should be made payable to Aboite Lutheran Church and sent to the following address:
Aboite Lutheran Church
10312 Aboite Center Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
Please indicate Hope For The Destitute in the memo section of the check.
This is a housing project for widows who take care of orphans. $1000 includes a semi-private mud house with iron sheets. A widow in her house will get a place to sleep, together with her children or grandchildren, a place to cook her meal and a place to bring up children the Lord has given her.
This yearly catechetical seminar brings about 300 children (including children from the local area churches) together to hear the word of God and share their experience. Local pastors are invited to teach students about Lutheranism, and discuss social various social issues. This event costs $1000.
This is an income-generating project for the organization. By raising and harvesting crops, Hope for the Destitute can provide a stable source of income for its other projects, while using local resources and contributing to the economy.
Hope for the Destitute was started in 2005 by Rev. Joseph Ochola Omolo and his wife Ruth. Dr. Omolo grew up as an orphan and wanted to help other children who struggle with the hardships that result from it. Dr. Omolo currently serves as the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya.
Alicia Herman – Secretary
Alicia Herman is a Hoosier by birth who spent nine years as an Active Duty Army officer living the dream and traveling the world where she learned to appreciate the wonderful diversity of human cultures before she voluntarily became a Hoosier again to spend more time with family. She earned a MSW from the University of Michigan with a focus in Management of Health and Human Services and was overjoyed to have a faithful, physical LCMS church to belong to again. She was drawn to Hope for the Destitute’s mission because of its strong emphasis on providing children and families with the tools they need to improve their lives in the direction of their choosing and its acknowledgment that the spiritual life of an individual has a lasting impact on their future. Alicia loves cats, helping people solve problems, and her adorable nephews, although maybe not in that order.
Rick Imel – President of the Board
I have been in the financial services industry for over 40 years and currently work as a securities compliance consultant for Lincoln Financial Group. I’ve been blessed to be able to be a part of our church’s (Aboite Lutheran) involvement with HFD for over 14 years (we call it Mission Kenya). I’ve also been blessed to have been able to travel to Kisumu, Kenya on a couple of mission trips in 2004 and 2009 (I’m hopeful to make another mission trip very soon). I agreed to join the board because I wanted to be more involved in helping raise awareness and increase support for the overall mission of HFD.
Dianne Moellering – Board Treasurer
I look forward to serving on the board. It is an opportunity to bring more people to Christ while helping them receive some of the physical necessities of life. After having met Pastor Ochola Omolo and having heard his selfless passion for ministry with the orphans and widows, I am drawn to support those efforts.
Monica Ochola – Development and Program Manager
This is a project that is close to my heart and I am happy to be part of it. I have been with this organization since 2007 and through it, I have seen many children get access to education as well as God’s word. May the Lord continue to bless everyone who is part of this great mission to bring hope to orphans.