In 1998, Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Robi of Nakuru, Kenya, began a small school at the foot of their property out of love and concern of the unschooled children in the community. Disturbed by the children’s lack of education, clean water and nutritious food, Mrs. Robi worked and prayed that one day children in the village would be nourished physically, mentally and spiritually. Her vision was realized in 2000 through the support and partnership of Mountain Park United Methodist Church. At the inception of the mission, members and friends of the Mountain Park United Methodist Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia, accepted the call to partner with the Robi family to provide basic education in a Christian environment for those children.
In 2000 a mission team from Mountain Park United Methodist Church laid the cornerstones for the first classroom building which was built without water or electricity. This was the founding of a school, now known as Mountain Park Academy (MPA), for the children in her village of Githioronii outside Nakuru, Kenya. The Kenya Project first began assisting Mountain Park Academy by finding U.S. sponsors for the children to provide financial support for their tuition, books, and uniforms. In January, 2003, the work which began at Mountain Park United Methodist Church was granted 501(c) (3) status as a public nonprofit organization known at The Kenya Project For Education and Spiritual Growth, Inc in response to a desire to expand the mission to other groups and churches. In June of 2012 there were over 800 students attending MPA or partner secondary schools. Read further to enjoy the full story about Mama Robi’s hope and The Kenya Project’s involvement.