Hopewell-Keroka Alliance (HKA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that increases awareness in Hopewell Valley, NJ of the needs of the people of Keroka in Western Kenya.
HKA raises funds for projects to support the health and education of the people and to improve the infrastructure in the Keroka area. Project implementation is managed by our partner organization in Kenya, HKA-Keroka.
To learn more about HKA, click on About HKA
To find out about projects we have funded so far, click on What We've Done
For information on projects for which we are raising money, click on What We're Doing
Clink on this link to see the 2015 update report from our Kenyan partners in HKA-Keroka: HKA-Keroka Report June 2015
Clink on this link to see the 2012 update report from our Kenyan partners in HKA-Keroka: HKA-Keroka Report 2012
To volunteer your time, a little or a lot, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To make a tax-deductible donation, please mail your check made out to HKA to:
- HKA, PO Box 67, Pennington, NJ 08534
or click below to donate via PayPal using a credit card:
From July 17-27, 2016, HKA members Jane Lee, Mandy Lee, Lillian Rankel and Andy Jackson visited Kenya and the Nyankoba area at their own expense to observe progress on HKA projects. Read the first two of several articles by journalist Jane Lee on her experiences there: A Tale of Tea and Four Thika Students. During the visit, Mandy Lee conducted a survey of the water needs for the Nyanchonori village to help develop a long term plan for the borehole and water distribution system. We learned that Nyamira County had agreed to install the pump, power the system with solar and install a 50,000 liter storage tank. HKA will take responsibility for the distribution system.
The 7th Annual HKA-WHO Club Flea Market, held on the weekend of April 16 and 17, 2016 at Hopewell Valley Central High School, raised $3,450 to help fund our projects in Kenya. Household items, clothing, books, toys, etc. were accepted at the High School on Saturday, April 16 and the Flea Market was held on Sunday, April 17 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. We very much appreciate the generosity of donors of goods and the efforts of all the volunteers who helped make this year's flea market a success.
HKA and the High School Model WHO Club shared a booth at Pennington Day on May 21, 2016, to let the community know about our work in Kenya and to raise money. Talented artists from the WHO Club raised $362 by painting henna art on a large number of grateful customers. They also raised $86 with a ring toss game and with general donations, the total for the day was $600. Thanks to all who stopped by the booth to learn about our projects and to all the students that worked at the booth.
At the beginning of March, 2016, the contractor retained by Nyamira County started drilling the water borehole in Nyanchonori. The well was completed on March 10 to a depth of 160 meters and subsequent testing showed that it could sustain the target flow rate of 5,000 liters per hour and that the water was pure enough to drink. The contractor also installed two 10,000 liter tanks. We are working with HKA-Keroka on installing a water pump and connecting it to the electricity grid. In August 2015, we sent $14,330 to HKA-Keroka so that they could proceed with the water project. This money allowed them to purchase land for the borehole and for the storage tanks and is sufficient for them to purchase the pump and motor. We anticipate a further request for funds for a distribution system and additional storage tanks as the project progresses. The $14,330 was raised for the water project by Hopewell Valley Central High School students through a variety of fundraisers. We are very grateful for their efforts and for their continuing support of HKA projects.
We are moving forward with the "Level Playing Fields" project which will raise money to improve three school soccer fields in the Nyankoba District. The current fields are in a poor state. Two are far from level and one is half a swamp. We are getting final estimates from engineers on what it would take to level and drain the fields and we have an additional goal to add a running track at one of the locations. We hope to "level" the opportunities for sports field access by students in Nyankoba and their counterparts in Hopewell Valley. Read more about this on the "Playing Fields Project" page under "What We're Doing".
June 2, 2016: HKA Presentation to the Hopewell Borough Council, 7:00 pm.
July 7, 2016: HKA Board Meeting. 7:30 pm., Jackson-Rankel house, Pennington NJ.
July 18 to July 31, 2016: Global Connections Kenya student trip to Kenya. Fifteen students are signed up to go. The trip will visit Nairobi, Thika, Nakuru, Keroka, Masai Mara and Mombasa. During the stay in Keroka, the group will join the HKA Team to officially open the borehole and water supply in Nyanchonori. For more information on the GCK trip see: www.globalconnectionskenya.org.