Oasis of Hope Mathare in a non-profit led entirely by Kenyan staff with the direct purpose of creating hope in the name of Jesus through Bible clubs for youth and providing support for their families with help with basic needs, business class training, and mentorship.
For your church to consider a partnership with Oasis of Hope Mathare in Kenya through prayer, giving financially, building a friendship with the leaders, and potentially sending a small mission trip to Kenya led out by Brian Clark with People Bridge.
Brian Clark founded People Bridge to inspire people to fulfill their God-given dreams in 2019.
In 2006 I met a young man named George as a part of a mission trip with Cru. George grew up in the slums of Mathare and God bridged education and relationships for him to now be a pastor in South Africa. We have remained close over the years.
Through George I met Jacob and Maureen in the spring of 2020 on a trip to Kenya. Jacob grew up in the slums of Mathare with George as kids and he was bridged to education and way out of the poverty as well.
Jacob worked for two American ministries for many years and then branched out to form Oasis of Hope Mathare. His wife, Mareen, has held a government job while Jacob faithfully has loved and served youth in Mathare through Oasis of Hope for over five years with very little support. For the last 6 years Jacob has been going back to this largely unreached, poor slum where he grew up and loving hundreds of kids and families along the way.
Jacob and Maureen have the trust of the government, community leaders, families, and children. Between 150-200 youth come every Saturday morning to their Bible club where they are loved, hear about Christ, have snacks, play games, and allowed to be kids.
They also provide film classes, run a soccer team, do home visits, provide business training to families, and are available to those in need. They are a bridge of hope to hundreds of people living in poverty.
People Bridge started to walk with Jacob and Maureen in 2020 and 2021. We started by showing up and listening and learning from them. During the Covid pandemic we sent weekly funding to help with food and urgent needs during that time.
Brian is on the board of Oasis of Hope Mathare and listens and talks to Jacob weekly.
$600 monthly funding provides a small salary for Jacob and Maureen, transportation for volunteers, food and snacks for the youth.
$200 monthly is sent for urgent needs of food, school fees, school supplies, business class training through our partners Work for Life, and general needs of the ministry.
Total monthly needs August 2021: $800 monthly or $9,600 yearly.
1. Tim Clark Educational Drop-In Center
Right now they are meeting on dirty floors with open windows and no personal space. This drop in center in the center of the slums would provide:
2. Additional monthly salary for Jacob and Maureen of $200 monthly.
3. $1200 for 6 laptop computers for the drop in center
4. $1500 for tables, chairs, all needs in the drop in center.
$1,100 monthly or $13,000 annually.
A prayerful consideration of overseas giving to a youth program in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya with an investment of $400 monthly.
We would provide opportunity for your staff or leaders to come over to Kenya on a trip in 2022 or 2023.
Oasis of Hope Mathare's passion is to share God's love with action and our consistent presence. During Covid-19 we are providing families with much needed food and services of listening and love. We don't have all the answers, but we have love, presence and God's love.