Hekima Place – Investing in girls and communities
Hekima Place Inc. is located at Corner Baridi in Kiserian, Kajiado County.
Incorporated in 2005 as a US 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, it also registered as a trust in Kenya the same year. The program began with just 10 girls in a rented facility in Karen, headed by Founding Director, Kate Fletcher. Since 2005, the trust has been successful in attracting generous support from individuals, churches, and parishes internationally, and in 2010 completed a successful $1 million capital campaign, resulting in the acquisition of land and the construction of a permanent home in Corner Baridi comprising of residential cottages for the girls, a dining hall,
kitchen and laundry, offices, guest house and farm.
In 2015, Hekima Place celebrated its 10 th anniversary and approved the building of a primary school on the 3 acres of land neighbouring its current campus. The groundbreaking for a proposed new school; Hekima Hills Academy, took place in September 2018, with the first phase of construction to be completed in late 2019 ready for its first intake of students in January 2020. Hekima Hills Academy aims to be a school where girls, as well as children from the local community will attend and receive a quality standard of education, providing a solid foundation for them to fulfil their true potential and impact the world around them. Hekima Hills Academy will also accommodate a dedicated life skills centre, to help up-skill not only its pupils but members of the surrounding community in vocational life skills.
Today Hekima Place supports 69 Kenyan girls through its residential home program, and a further 23 through its university scholarship program. Of the 69 girls, 50 are full time resident, attending a local primary school, with the remaining 19 attending boarding high schools under the support and care of Hekima Place.
The mission of the trust is to serve the needs of vulnerable Kenyan girls by providing a safe, faith-based, loving home that supports excellence in education and empowerment for their futures, whilst the vision aims to promote the contribution of educated Kenyan girls for the good of Kenya and the world. The hope is for the girls who have interacted with the program, will go on to create positive impact in their families, communities and society as a whole, and that through the opportunities that are provided, the cycles of poverty, abuse and misfortune from which the girls came from can be broken to help create a more stable and economically enriched Kenya.