About Cindi's Hope
Cindi's Hope was founded in 2011 when two dedicated ladies, Dr. Cindi Mendoza, and Ms. Mary Owinyo, realized the plight of young girls who were being physically and/or sexually abused. Cindi’s Hope Rescue center was established as a safe haven where the girls could be housed, fed, clothed, educated and their physical and spiritual needs could be met. The local Kenyan police or children’s protection officers bring vulnerable children to Cindi's Hope because they have been: sexually abused, physically abused, neglected, or abandoned. Cindi's Hope receives no financial assistance from the government. Beginning with 14 girls in 2011, the number of children has increased to nearly 200 between the two locations in Kenya.
In addition to our two locations in Kenya, Cindi’s Hope is now in Rwanda. The first school was built in the Eastern Province's Bugesera District of Rwanda just outside Reconciliation Village. Currently, the few schools are beyond capacity at a 64:1 teacher, student ratio and due to the 1994 genocide, 47% of the population is under the age of 15. Reconciliation Village is where perpetrators and victims, murderers and survivors of the genocide live together as neighbors; an effort of cooperative harmony with one another. This is the first of seven schools to be built in Rwanda.
Cindi’s Hope Academy, Eastleigh, is located in the downtown area of Nairobi. At the Eastleigh location, we house and educate children that include the local community children. The day students walk from the slum each morning to join the boarding students for school. Quite a few children are total orphans, some living with HIV and some have been sexually abused, the age ranging from 4 to 16 years. Children are from various ethnic backgrounds: Kenyan, Somali, and Ethiopian.
Cindi's Hope Academy is also upcountry in Naivasha. The children receive full schooling, boarding, food, and counseling. These students are rescued from abuse or neglect and are comprised of Kenyan, South Sudanese, and Tanzanian. Cindi’s Hope also has a teacher training exchange program and hosts four Rwandese teachers.
Cindi’s Hope Academy has opened our first Primary school to nearly 150 day students in January 2019 with a waiting list to enroll. There will be 3 Cindi's Hope Academies by January 2021 with 150 students each, enrolling more students each term. In addition to educating primary students, Cindi's Hope hosts many outreaches in the community, Mother's and Undernourished Babies and Youth programs, as well as weekly Men's and Women's Bible studies. Cindi's Hope has the opportunity to affect a country devasted by genocide to become a culture of peace as we share to love of Jesus and help educate the children.
Cindi’s Hope Academy uses Kenyan National Curriculum for classes 4 through 8 for all subjects. For Pre-unit through class 3, a special American English language reading and math curriculum, Direct Instruction, is used to teach students English quicker and with better proficiency. The majority of incoming students are not native English speakers. Students are given a placement test to ascertain their academic abilities and benchmarks. Students are then placed in appropriate, level groups. The special curriculum accelerates language, reading, and math acquisition to best assist the students who previously had large gaps in their learning and development.