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The year is 2002

BOH takes up residence in Mongo House Centre, Ongata Rongai, Kenya - Vocational Training in carpet weaving and children’s feeding program.

Milestone 1

2003

Children’s crèche/daycare is implemented. Kikoy weaving introduced as vocational course.

Milestone 2

2004

Small clinic and VCT (Voluntary Counseling & Testing) are set up. Child education sponsorship begins with four orphaned children, three of whom are brothers. Prestige Shoppe officially opened by first lady of Kenya Mrs. Lucy Kibaki, who also visits Beacon of Hope at Mongo House Centre. Ken Wathome and friend present bid to purchase new, larger property.

Milestone 3

2005

Sewing is added to vocational training repertoire. Our first HIV support groups are launched in tandem with home-based care training. Fundraising for new property continues.

Milestone 4

2006

The kikoy department expands. Additional space is rented for weavers at ISALU Centre in Rongai. Vocational students are introduced to basic business management to build sufficient capital for private business upon graduation. Previous owner of new property refuses to surrender ownership though BOH holds title; court case ensues.

Milestone 5

2007

Through God’s favor Beacon of Hope wins court case and acquires new property. Construction team begins three buildings: Kindergarten building, funded by private foundations from U.S. and Canada; Clinic, funded by the Japanese Embassy and partial funding from Focus Africa; Vocational Training Centre funded by partner Blackhawk from the U.S. Offers first medical camp at new property with Blackhawk Church.

Milestone 6

2008

Relocation to new property. Kindergarten, Clinic and the Vocational training building are fully functional. First outreach medical camp held in Bissil with the Blackhawk church team. Food and hunger outreach to feed families in Machakos affected by famine and hunger. Four year feeding program launches in Kwamuunda primary school in Thinu. Second medical camp held at new BOH centre together with Blackhawk Church and Gertrudes Children Hospital.

Milestone 7

2009

- Second phase of construction project commences. Dining hall financed by Kenya Shell Ltd; Production unit, financed by various individuals; Short-Courses building funded by Focus Africa; Toilet block and Dye room funded by St. Paul's church in Australia. Offers first medical camp in Thinu Machakos with Blackhawk Church.

Milestone 8

2010

BOH hosts Dr. Jill Biden (wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden) at the centre. Phase two construction is completed and buildings fully functioning. Water borehole is constructed and funded by Blackhawk Church and Davis and Shirtliff. Begin set-up for 11 Youth Resource Centres throughout Kajiado and Machakos. School of Food and Beverage management established.

Milestone 9

2011

BOH hosts Dr. Jill Biden (wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden) at the centre. Phase two construction is completed and buildings fully functioning. Water borehole is constructed and funded by Blackhawk Church and Davis and Shirtliff. Begin set-up for 11 Youth Resource Centres throughout Kajiado and Machakos. School of Food and Beverage management established.

Milestone 10

2012

Third phase construction begins consisting of: Youth resource centre, Multi-purpose Hall/Chapel, Primary school, Guest Hostels and Apartments. Standard two class is launched. BOH 10-year anniversary celebration with over 1000 guests in attendance.

Milestone 11

2013

Completion of phase three construction.

Milestone 12

2014

New BOH site offices launched in Machakos and Kajiado Town. Dedication of new primary school with standard 3 class initiated.

Milestone 13

2015 - 2018

Future BOH projections include: clinic transforms into hospital with children, maternity and dental units; overall expansion to new locations. Both primary school and vocational training college are best performing in all aspects of education and become schools of choice in Kajiado and Kenya. BOH continues to prove itself an excellent example of self-sustainability for comprehensive community transformation becoming a role model for community transformation throughout Africa.

Milestone 14