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Jennifer N.5

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Review for Hope For Kajiado Corporation, Charlotte, NC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Wow! I can't say enough good things about Hope for Kajiado. I came to the organization very skeptical. Having participated in and researched similar programs in the past, I was concerned that, although well-intended, rescuing children from poverty is easier said than done. After attending a mission trip with them, I was blown away by the work they are doing.

What separates Hope for Kajiado from other Kenyan orphanages and child sponsorship programs is the dedicated, flexible approach to meeting each child where they are. If a child is with a loving guardian who simply can't afford school fees, then H4K steps in to provide the financial and practical support without removing them from a loving, supportive environment. If a child can safely return to their village for holidays then arrangements are made, but if a child has nowhere to go, they are provided wraparound care.

What sets H4K most apart is that 100% of my donation goes directly to the care of the child. Traditional child sponsorship programs can mean much of a donation goes towards creating and maintaining the connection between the donor and the child. Often it's hard to know how much if any actually goes towards meeting the child's actual needs. Hope for Kajiado facilitates the relationship between child and donor, which is an absolute blessing for both, but through volunteer support. The only staff who receive a salary are the local caretakers in Kajiado, Kenya. All fundraising and administrative work is done by a group of dedicated board members and volunteers.

The outcomes Hope for Kajiado is able to achieve in Kenya are unparalleled. 70 of their children have gone from abject poverty and little to no education to graduate college, and their academic outcomes for all children are way above average. Again, it goes back to their individualized approach. If a child is not doing well in a school, they are moved to a different one. Plus, they provide individualized tutoring 5 days a week. They are considered the gold standard in orphan care and enjoy a fantastic reputation in Kenya, and I am so delighted to be part of their wonderful work. So wonderful to know that my charity dollars are making a real difference in the lives of Kenya's most vulnerable.

Role:  Board Member

Review for Hope For Kajiado Corporation, Charlotte, NC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Kajiado has a special place in my heart. Just returned from a mission trip with my family. Kajiado is a warm, loving place for kids who have experienced a tremendous amount of loss. The Kenyan staff is dedicated to providing a family like atmosphere. Unlike other children's charities, I am able to form a genuine connection with my sponsored kids.I was able to talk to their social worker regarding their familial situation and their tutor about their academic progress. I can email them, send them birthday presents, and we are very much encouraged to have a relationship. This is in stark contrast to other child sponsorship programs I've been a part of. Because it is a smaller organization, every child is known, cared for and loved.

Role:  Volunteer