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About Hope Matters International

Jambo! In Kenya, Jambo means hello. At Hope Matters we are THRILLED that Kim has chosen our ministry to raise support for through her epic run.

Who are We?

Hope Matters International is a faith-based, non-profit, serving in rural areas in Kenya. We truly believe that hope really does matter. That’s why William and Michelle Kiprop acted to put hands and feet to the vision of providing holistic care for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those living in their Kenyan community, in Jesus’ Name.

Michelle first captured a vision for medical missions while volunteering in Mozambique in 1995. On that trip she was injured and she realized that as an American she had the resources available to get more advanced care if needed. Her eyes were opened to the huge medical needs faced by millions of Africans. She went on to become a Family Nurse Practitioner and returned to Africa to do full time work in 2007. William is a Kenyan national who has a vision to help improve the lives of his people. William coordinates much of the day-to-day management of the organization.

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to minister the love of Christ in a tangible way by physically and spiritually reaching out to serve impoverished African families and individuals through community advancement, healthcare, and development programs.

So What Do We Actually Do?

Our walk-in medical center provides basic medical and laboratory services on a walk-in basis. Through years of serving in a medical capacity we have identified major gaps in the areas of preventative health and women’s healthcare in the rural areas. We are striving to help close some of those gaps by providing quality education at the community level and actually taking our services out of the medical center and into the communities we serve. This means going to schools, churches, and community centers to provide mobile services and teach basic healthcare courses. We also do home-visits in slums and areas where families have little or no access to healthcare.

How Will Supporting Kim Help Hope Matters?

This year we have a goal of bringing a 40-foot shipping container full of medical supplies from the USA to Kenya. This container will carry critical equipment to help us provide the best quality services possible. Things like an x-ray machine, specialized gynecology equipment, exam tables, even a fully equipped maternity center! The entire project cost is around $30,000.  We’ve managed to raise over half of the funds needed to obtain and ship this equipment. It is our hope that through your support of Kim’s run, we can reach our goal and get the container shipped as soon as possible.

Are My Donations Tax-Deductible?

YES! All donations made in the united states are fully tax-deductible. We are a registered 501(c)3 with non-profit status.

How Can I Donate?

You can make a secure donation online by clicking here: http://www.hopemattersintl.org/give.html As you are completing the transaction click on “Add a Note About Your Donation” and just type in the box that it is in support of Kim’s Run. If you finish and realize you forgot to do this, just shoot us an e-mail at office@hopemattersintl.org with your name and donation information and we will make sure it is credited to her fundraising account.

You can mail a check to:

Hope Matters International

P.O. Box 9293

Alta Loma, CA 91701

Include a note stating that the gift is in support of Kim’s run.

More Information

If you would like more information about our ministry take a few minutes to check out our website and blog www.hopemattersintl.org Or you can drop us an e-mail and we will gladly get back to you. office@hopemattersintl.org

The Team!

I can’t believe this run is only a month away!! I’d like to introduce the official team for this adventure. I am only able to undergo this trip because of my “support vehicle” aka Caleb! Caleb graciously agreed to travel with me – he will be driving all the supplies, monitoring me when I run, and filming this crazy adventure. Caleb will also be working from the road as well!!

A typical day will probably look like me running 10-12 miles while Caleb checks in with me on the road. We’ll set up camp each day, and while I crash for the afternoon he will be working remotely. He’ll probably pick up other job titles such as bear chaser, head chef, and massage therapist along the way. I’m a very lucky girl to have his support! 🙂

We take off July 2nd! T-31 days!!

– Kim

Sometimes the best adventures start with a crazy idea while sitting at the office on a Friday morning. And on one Friday morning this January, I got the following text from Kim: “I have an insane idea”. When she elaborated that the crazy idea was to run 900 miles through British Columbia over the summer to the border of Alaska, my first reaction was, “Wow, that’s pretty crazy,” but my next reaction was, “Wow, sounds cool; do you need a support crew?” A few weeks went by, and we talked about it now and then, but it still seemed more like a dream than a solid plan. Around the second half of February, however, plans started coming together, and we started to realize how much there was to be done before the summer to pull it off. As daunting as it seemed, however, we’ve been busy checking stuff off our pre-trip checklist, and it’s finally coming together!

Keep watching this site to follow news about Kim’s run to Alaska and to follow our progress once we’re on the road!

– Caleb