It all started when Kenya Partners founder, Diane Hamrick, and two friends from High Point, NC, went on an exploratory mission trip to Kenya in 2006 for their local church. Their first stop was Nakuru, where they were deeply moved by the suffering caused by the lack of adequate and affordable medical care.
As they left Kenya, they committed to raising funds to build a small clinic and returning the following year with a team of medical professionals and volunteers to help develop the services available at the clinic.
Diane and her fellow-travelers also realized that an opportunity for education was the only way out of poverty for the orphans and vulnerable children they saw everywhere. So Kenya Partners also started working on building a school (grades K-12) and two preschools.
Today, that little clinic (although still small by American standards!) now has accredited hospital status and offers round-the-clock healthcare, a new maternity wing, and a broad range of proactive medical services.
One of the preschools is in the Squatters Hill slum, and the other (Mercy Kids Preschool) is located in a rural area near the clinic. Children in both preschools get lunch, and the staff members at Squatters Hill also feed other children in the community.
Kenya Partners is now feeding over 1000 children every day.
Approximately 500 children now live and learn at The Betty Mavity Roberts Education Centre (TREC for short). Also known fondly as "The Big School," it opened in 2009 to offer a superior education in a loving, faith-based environment to children from all over Kenya.
Of these, about half of the students cover their own costs, attracted by the school's well-credentialed staff, small classes, diversity, and focus on technology. The other half are orphans or needy children whose fees are covered by sponsorship and donations.