Ellijay FUMC supports The Kenya Project, a 501c3 non-profit organization established to provide educational opportunities to the children of Nakuru, Kenya.  The Kenya Project Board, in partnership with the Utunzi Board of Kenya, built and maintains Mountain Park Academy, an elementary and secondary school which serves 750-800 students from age 3 through 12th grade. The children are provided 2 meals a day at school.  The curriculum includes Christian studies. Additionally, 4 group homes provide housing for 80 orphaned children.  Each home houses 20 children and is overseen by house parents. Support is raised through sponsorship of the children. Sponsorship for a child at Mountain Park Academy is $25.00 a month, while sponsorship for a child in a group home varies, depending on other subsidies.

Each year The Kenya Project Board sponsors a medical mission trip to tend to the physical needs of the children. Each child receives a physical exam by a team of nurses and doctors. Medical records are maintained and updated each year. The administrative team takes pictures of the children and helps the children write letters to their sponsors. The letters and pictures are sent to the sponsors, and are available for potential new sponsors. The administrative team also updates the children’s developmental and other biological information. Additional team activities are performed taking advantage of the skill sets of available team members. This year a construction crew made repairs around the school, and a mental health team counseled with children and parents in the group homes. This team also counseled troubled teenagers.

Members and/or small groups of Ellijay FUMC currently sponsor 15 children.  Members also go on the medical mission each year. In 2014 2 members served on the mission team; Rachel Tarr on the Administrative team, and Sandy Williams on the Mental Health team. For the past 2 years, we have raised funds to provide an Appreciation Luncheon for the teachers of Mountain Park Academy, to show the appreciation we have for their dedication to the Christian and academic education of the children.

The Medical Mission team will be going back to Mountain Park Academy in Nakuru, Kenya May 23-June 6. Sandy Williams and Rachel Tarr will be returning with the team in 2015.

For more information on The Kenya Project, Mountain Park Academy, or sponsorship visit their website at thekenyaproject.org.


Did you know that you can give to many charities when you purchase items online? Rachel Tarr submitted the following information because she is looking for support for The Kenya Project. thekenyaproject.org

Simply start at  and select your online retailer of choice: Amazon, Petsmart, Snapfish, Orbitz, Office Depot, Wal-Mart, Macy’s, Dell, and many more. Six (6) percent of your purchase goes to the charity of your choice without cost to you. For example, when you buy a book from Amazon.com, start at the Giving Seed website above. Then choose The Kenya Project, for example, from the list of recipients and select Amazon www.givingseed.com from the list of online retailers. Click the GO button and you will be redirected to Amazon where you can proceed as usual.

If you need help, call or email Rachel at (770)316-4934 or rachel.tarr@yahoo.com.