Shelter of Hope
The Shelter of Hope Kenya (SOHK) was established in 2005 from an outreach ministry inspired by Mr. Ishmael Ochieng’ Okuku (current Executive Director) and his wife Molline Adhiambo. The outreach ministry focused on providing spiritual nourishment to orphans and vulnerable children, youths and women from Kiambio slums in Eastlands, Nairobi Kenya. Feeding programs were then initiated after noticing that the vulnerable children and orphans were often hungry. Out of this modest start, Mr. Ishmael mobilized his friends to stretch the programs further; that bore the education, health and income generating activities. Currently the organization runs two community learning centres in Kiambiu, Nairobi County and Kagan, Homa Bay County where 230 needy children are supported to access affordable quality education. For the communities’ medical care, they have two community health facilities that offer medical services at a very subsidised fee to the community while direct entry program beneficiaries receive treatment for free.
As part of the women empowerment programme, income generating activities have been initiated at the two project sites ranging from basket weaving, ornaments making, hair dressing, tailoring, heifer project to table banking. The organisation also has an annual free one-week medical camp dedicated to improving the health of community members.