HOPE Youth Corps-Coming to Kenya in 2015-Sacrifice and Service

Footprints of their work are evident in the biggest of cities and the smallest of villages. Year after year HOPE Youth Corps (HYC) goes out to serve and inspire.

The HYC are groups of teens and college students aged between 15 – 25 years with hearts to serve the poor and spread the love of Christ as they serve in needy situations and communities.

The program has been active for the past 20 years and is coordinated by HOPE worldwide Limited in Philadelphia, USA. The HYC provides opportunities for students from all different backgrounds to serve in the U.S. or in a developing country. They seek to imitate pure religion by engaging youth in international service to the poor and needy.

‘Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:

to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself

from being polluted by the world.’ (James 1:27 NIV)

The other goal of the HYC is to promote leadership and growth, character development, and worldwide unity. Among the many benefits students receive from their participation in the HYC are spiritual growth, lifelong friendships and memories, a heightened sense of purpose, greater self-confidence and independence, and a better understanding of the modern world.

In 2015 a HYC Team will be coming to Kenya. During their visit, they will be engaged in helping a local school, the Nairobi Christian Academy in Umoja, to develop teaching aids for primary school children, and do other interesting activities with them and some of the local youth. The young men and women will be in Kenya from 13 - 24th July 2015.

This year the HYC will comprise of a team who are not strangers to Kenya. Sahai and David Fleurant spent their younger years in Kenya before their family relocated back to the United States. Now they are coming back as young adults. Sahai has served in other HYC programs but not in Kenya. This will be a great chance for her and David to reconnect with their Kenyan family and friends.

Nick and his sister Mckenzie have been supporting children’s education in Kenya.

Nick Shoff is a 20 year old campus student who will also be part of the HYC Team. Nick and his sister Mackenzie have been raising funds for kids in Kenya since 2008 when they began organizing basketball tournaments --‘JAMQUEST’-- whereby the proceeds were sent to Kenya to support bright, though needy, young people with their high school education. Nick has never met any of the beneficiaries since he began ‘JAMQUEST’ in 2008. This HYC will provide him with the opportunity to meet face to face with some of those who have benefited from his selfless giving - a moment he’s been waiting for.

The ‘JAMQUEST’ sponsorship won him recognition for his support to the children and young people of Kenya during the HOPE worldwide Global Summit on May 4th, 2013 in Herndon, Virginia, when HOPE worldwide Kenya presented him with their first Hero of HOPE award.

In partnership with the Nairobi Christian Church (part of the International Churches of Christ), the HYC will also spend time with their fellow campus students in Kenya.

HOPE worldwide Kenya is delighted to host this wonderful team of young, talented and inspiring youth, and wishes them a safe journey and an amazing and memorable experience in Kenya.