SOHI Vision

To nurture Christ-centered community transformation in Africa.

SOHI Mission

Empowering African Communities with the mindset and resources to alleviate extreme poverty.

Our Organization:

Spring of Hope International (SOHI) is a 501.C3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving living conditions and promoting Christian spiritual growth among the poorest-of the-poor in rural Kenya.

Founder

David Opap

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SOHI was founded in 2008 by native Kenyan, David Opap, who, being raised in the area, has an intimate first-hand knowledge of the region, culture, and challenges facing these people. Since its inception, SOHI has partnered with the proud and hard-working people in this rural Kenyan community empowering them to improve their living conditions.

FOUR AREAS OF FOCUS:

  • Clean Water
  • Education Opportunities
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Spiritual Development

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Scott Staab

Scott Staab

Board President

The organization is viewed by the government and community members as a beneficial and effective partner. SOHI’s mission, vision, and approach are focused on the organization being a catalyst to helping local Kenyan communities to develop affordable, self-reliant and sustainable solutions.

SOHI is a Christian centered non-profit. As such, our motivation and the inspiration for our work in Kenya is our love for Christ and our desire to be His ambassadors in the world for the accomplishment of His purposes. During His time on earth as a man, Jesus demonstrated His unfailing love for the marginalized and hurting people of the world. He cared about and ministered to their physical, emotional, and most importantly the spiritual needs. The fundamental objective of His coming to earth was to provide the means for all mankind to be reconciled and be in restored relationship with the one true God. SOHI seeks to emulate that level of love. We are in community with the Kenyan people–no better and no worse.

Lindsay Burdett

Lindsay Burdett

Board Secretary

Approach to Poverty Alleviation:

Holistic and Sustainable growth are the key ingredients to SOHI’s approach to poverty alleviation. The organization’s foundational premise for addressing poverty is that it must be done through empowerment of the local people. It must address all key aspects of society life rather than a single element; such as clean water alone. And it must produce positive results that that can be self-sufficiently continued and expanded by the local community. History has shown that handouts by themselves actually hinder sustainably improved community life conditions by creating dependency and stifling the confidence and belief of the indigenous people that they are capable of bettering their situation. Furthermore, well-intentioned “spot fixes” that are offered by outsiders who quickly move on to another “needy” region chronically fail to result in lasting benefit.

Stephen Riesenweber

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Board Member

As such, SOHI has adopted a long-term commitment and partnership in the ever-expanding communities that it seeks to serve. Efforts are focused on collaborating with, educating, inspiring and equipping community leaders and members to implement solutions. Three full-time SOHI personnel live in, and share life with, the community to accomplish this objective. Rather than being an external entity that attempts to direct positive attitudes and actions from afar; they engage and live it with the people. The increasingly proven outcome is sustainable solutions that decreasingly need SOHI participation. The organization works itself out of a job in a particular region and organically expands efforts to equally needy adjacent areas. Indeed, as will be seen in the following sections of this plan, this approach is working.

Jeanna Linafelter

Jeanna Linafelter

Board Treasurer

What does SOHI’s help look like?

  • Initial relief, if required (i.e. clean water/child sponsorship/other limited relief if needed)
  • Self-assessment by community leaders of existing community assets (including potential assets)
  • Self-identification of community needs (and urgency)
  • Identifying potential options and evaluating feasibility
  • Assessment of long term sustainability by the community of proposed solutions
  • Evaluating SOHI’s ability to provide potential assistance—technical, spiritual, financial
  • Ongoing spiritual nurturing and training.

George Lawrence IV

George Lawrence IV

Board Member

 
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