[Meet: Sheila]

Meet Sheila. She has four siblings which includes a brother who is 4 and three sisters ranging in age. Their mother came to Kibera seeking a safer environment from the civil unrest and riots that were happening in her village area about ten years ago and they have been in Kibera ever since. The family struggles with being able to have all children in school and make ends meet at the same time so their mother is partnering with Acacia of Hope International and a sponsor. Thanks to the sponsor, Sheila is able to be in school with one of […]

[ The Future ]

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. – 1 Timothy 6:6-8 Every once in a while we will interview our sponsored girls and ask them questions. The questions help us not only provides the sponsors an opportunity to get to know their child better, but helps us learn more about their circumstances and life. Like always, we feel like we get more out of these beautiful girls than they get out of […]

[ The Struggle ]

East Africa is experiencing one of its worst famines in years. Kenya, along with a handful of other countries, are not just suffering, but starving to death. Kenya’s rainy seasons was one of the lowest in years, which greatly decreased the crop harvest and the drought has caused water holes to dry up, killing hundreds of thousands livestock. According to Alxeerraza, “More than 340,000 children under the age of five are also acutely malnourished.” Mothers are being forced to watch their children die. It breaks my heart, utterly breaks my heart, that I can not do more than what I am […]

[ A Team Member’s View ]

We interviewed Jennifer Wiley, our Vice President and Field Team Member. Learn more about her here: When was your first trip to Africa? My first trip to Africa, Kenya specifically, was in 2013. I had wanted to go to Kenya since I was a kid. I used to watch National Geographic and any time the content was about the masaai mara wildlife or the Maasai people, I used to tell everyone that one day I would go visit there. I always had it in the back of my mind that one day I would go and do it. Well, in […]

[ Walking Kibera ]

  One step, two step, three step, four. The walk through Kibera is done step by step, but just one trek through Kibera will change you. You do not see anyone running through Kibera. It is quite impossible to do. The area is too compact and dense to run. Its ground is too uneven and polluted to do so. After one rain Kibera becomes a mud slide and forces you to slide down a hill full of mud and bags of feces lying around or to grab onto the side of someone’s home made of mud and metal sheets as […]

[It’s Getting Real! ]

It has been quite an interesting road to acquiring land in Kenya. If you think buying a house in the States is stressful and overwhelming, imagining buying something thousands of miles a way in one of the most corrupt continents in the world! Despite it being a long road, we are at the end of it! As many of you know, we had our eyes set on two plots of land. Sadly, the owner was not a serious seller. Thanks to our amazing lawyer in Kenya, he was able to catch this quite quickly. Still, our hearts dropped when we […]

[ A Word From Our Founder ]

It is said that half of all nonprofits will fail in the first two years and that nine out of ten will fail completely by its fifth year. I am so proud, and in awe, that Acacia of Hope is celebrating five years this month. It has not come without an immense amount of hard work and sacrifice of so many people. If I was not encouraged to follow my heart from my youth pastor when I was just fifteen years old, Acacia of Hope would not be in Africa. If I was not pushed to continue from my mother, […]

[ Oh Mama ]

  I was fortunate enough to meet Mama Regina on my latest trip to Kenya. The Acacia team has been talking about this Mama Regina for quite some time now. Despite never meeting her, their stories of her have made me smile a few times. Now that I have met her, the stories connect even more. As I sat in Mama Regina’s living room my eyes filled with water has she told me how blessed she was. Blessed! The floors of her home are made of dirty and there are small holes in her roof where it leaks when it […]

[ Trust in Him]

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him,  and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6   Ministry is not easy. If you ask anyone who has been in ministry, he or she will tell you that it takes hard work and sacrifice, and don’t forget the hours of prayers! And even after that, the ministry is will a work in progress. Ministry is not easy because it is not mean’t to be. We live in an ungodly world that is focused on not so godly things, and ministry counteracts that. […]

[ New Partnership! ]

We are pleased to announce another school partnership with our ministry! K.A.G Olympic Primary School in Kibera Slum is the most well-known school in The Chocolate City.  This Assemblies of God school prides itself on its foundation of God, honesty, transparency, and  the children of Kibera. The school is run by headmaster, Ayub Leondard, who works very hard at keeping a tight shift of hundreds of students. “KAG Olympic  envisions a time when all children in Kibera will have access to preschool and primary school education. In 2003, Kenya passed the Free Primary Education Government Policy, which was designed to guarantee […]

[ Going Home ]

  Do you know that feeling when you go on vacation and, despite the most wonderful time you are having, by the end of the trip you are ready to go back to your house and snuggle back into your comfy bed? Even though vacations are much needed, nothing is like the first night back into your house. Do you know that feeling? That feeling is home. This is the exact feeling when me, or any, of our team members have when they go back to Kenya. It is like finally snuggling into that warm bed and taking that first […]

[Meet: Scouvia ]

Scouvia Atieno was born on August 29.  She is currently twelve years old. She has four siblings: one brother (four years old) and three sisters (twelve, eight, and one month old). She currently lives with her mother in Kibera. Her mother has lived in Kibera for ten years. She came to Kibera Slum in hopes to seek a better life from the civil unrest and riots that were happening in her village area. A donor through Acacia of Hope International is sponsoring her younger sister, Sheila, as well. They will be able to have fun with her and spend time […]