Missions of Hope are a faith-based organisation, providing a range of services to the most vulnerable members of the local community: children, HIV-positive adults, and others; all living in the Mathare slums.
Wallace and Mary Kamau first began working in the Mathare Valley slums in 1991 while they were university students. They experienced first hand how a mission group or organisation would come into Mathare, do a week long crusade, and then leave again. Many people would make a decision to follow Christ, but then none of them would come to church the next Sunday. A group would share information about health and basic sanitation, yet simply providing information did not bring about change. They now describe it as a "hit and run" approach, and they clearly saw that such an approach was not going to bring lasting change to Mathare.
In order to achieve sustainable, lasting difference, in September of 2000 they started a small school in a rented “house” for 50 four and five year old children. By 2010 there were over 3,400 children enrolled in the 10 schools in the Valley and one boarding school outside of the city for the 5th, 6th, and 7th graders.
Missions of Hope also helps young entrepreneurs get businesses off the ground by providing loans through a microfinance scheme. While still in its infancy, this initiative has an outstanding loan portfolio of US$ 50,000 which has provided 350 microloans in just two years.
Mission of Hope's vision is to see transformed lives among the disadvantaged communities in Kenya and beyond.