Feb 26, 2021

Educate and Empower Girls In Kenya: HHLC

As Hekima Place enters 2021, we are excited to share the news of the expansion of our objectives to “educate and empower girls in Kenya” through the opening of the Hekima Hills Learning Centre.  In an atmosphere of love and security, Hekima Hills Learning Centre (HHLC) students will dream of the future, experience possibilities far beyond their beginnings, and find the pathway to a life that is self-sufficient and uniquely theirs.  Hekima Hills Learning Centre is a private, faith-based primary school that provides a safe, nurturing, and intellectually stimulating environment for every student we serve.

The goal of HHLC is to provide a comprehensive education where children of all ages can develop academically, socially, physically, spiritually, and emotionally to ultimately contribute to the betterment of their families, communities, and the larger society. To do so, we will:

  • Create a curriculum that encourages critical thinking and learning while recognizing the importance placed on the Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education examination (and eventually, the Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education as well).
  • Prepare well-rounded young people for a life of personal responsibility and community service by promoting high moral and ethical values.

What started as a vision 5 years ago, moved into a successful capital campaign.  Our grand opening last January 2020 had 40 students representing Hekima Place and from the nearby rural villages and surrounding towns.  But the opening was short lived due to the COVID-19 pandemic and new restrictions that were imposed by the Kenyan government.  When the government announced that schools could resume in January 2021, we were astounded by the response.  HHLC reopened with 90 students and within 3 weeks we were at near capacity in our PreK – 4th grade classes with 133 students!

When at full capacity, HHLC will serve approximately 300 students, PreK through 8th grade.   Thanks to the incredible generosity of so many donors, construction of was fully funded.  Now the task remains to financially support the teaching staff, operational support team and most importantly, the students. 

Because of you, Hekima Place and HHLC will continue to provide life transforming support and encouragement to the children we serve!  We will continue to care for and educate children who may not otherwise have had the chance to grow up in a loving home or attend a school like HHLC.  Through your prayers and financial support, we will continue to protect, care for,

and educate.  Your gift allows provides more clothes, food, shelter, and education…it provides hope and love. 

First Day of School Assembly
First Day of School Assembly
Oct 29, 2020

Educate and Empower Girls in Kenya

This year Hekima Place celebrates its 15th anniversary. This marks 15 years of providing a safe, loving and faith-based home to orphaned and vulnerable girls in Kenya. We support excellence in education and empowerment for their futures, and we promote the contribution of educated Kenyan girls for the good of Kenya and the world.


Over the past 15 years, we have received vulnerable girls into our care, and provided them with the resources and support to transform their lives. Over the past 15 years:

  • Over 20 girls completed our post high school program and entered healthcare, hotel, airline, nonprofit, culinary, and other industries
  • Our first college graduate finished summa cum laude from Catholic University of East Africa. She is now married and living in Mombasa, Kenya
  • We have been named a “Best Practice” children home by the District Children’s Office
  • Hekima Place has been honored twice by Soroptimist International for our work empowering womn and girls.
  • All 4 of our 2019 high school graduates scored in the top 20% of the national exam required for graduation
  • In January, we opened Hekima Hills Learning Centre, a new school where nine our own girls are attending. There they are receiving a quality education with loving teachers in a clean, safe and welcoming environment.


With your help, we can continue to care for and educate girls - girls who may not otherwise have the chance to grow up in a safe loving home and get an education to empower their futures. Together, we reach the most vulnerable children, those left behind by parents and in need of protection and education. Your gift provides funding for programs that support our girls today with education, food, clothes, medical care and counseling while fostering their long-term potential. Through your prayers and financial support, we will continue to protect, care for and educate every girl that comes to our doors.   

Your gift helps ensure that these girls can write their own destiny through their education. Thank you for caring for them and for being a part of our Hekima family. Your continued support provide makes a difference.

Jul 1, 2020

Hekima Place's response to COVID

COVID-19 has been devastating to poor families across the globe, including in Kenya.

At Hekima Place, our girls are blessed with nutritious food, clean clothes, and warm beds. If they get sick, they will have access to medical care and everything they need to heal. Tragically, members of our community in Kenya- those who live right outside of our own gates- are not this fortunate. Many families are already living in poverty and COVID-19 exacerbates their hardships through the loss of jobs, scarcity of food, and the illness itself. While much aid is going to the slums, little is being done to help more rural households whose poverty goes unnoticed.

In June, Hekima Place provided support to our greater community by distributing a basket of goods to those who need it most. This basket included basic food items, like beans and rice, and basic sanitary items, like soap. It helped poor individuals and families through these hard days and was a gesture to show that they are not alone.

Giving this gift to our community was a gift to our girls too. It helped demonstrate love in action and taught them how important it is for us to support our community, especially in times of crisis. This crisis has been hard on all of us, and at the same time it’s important that we as adults model behavior for our children. Our girls look to us to learn how to treat each other, and this summer they learned kindness.

Thank you for your own kindness. It matters.

 
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