Student Life

Kenya Project 2010-2011

  • Amount Raised by the MNU Community: $35,000

MNU partnered with Nazarene district superintendent, Peter Okinyo, to reach Siaya, Kenya. Our connection with Rev. Okinyo occurred when an MNU ministry student spent a summer in that region and witnessed the overwhelming need to assist vulnerable children. Many of these children survive day-to-day in Siaya living in precarious situations without basic necessities and protection. The campus-wide plan of action met not only the physical needs of safe residential facilities, healthy food, and clean water but also included adult care givers who foster mentoring relationships and a support network for the children.

Additional Kenya Stats

Number of Participants: 15
Amount Raised by Each Participant: $2,500.00
Total Raised by Team: $37,500.00
Length of Trip: 15 days, average of 8 hours per day
Rate of Volunteer Time: $21.79
Value* of Volunteer Time per Hour: $39,222.00 
         (15 days x 8 hours x $21.79 = $4,613.76; $2,614.80 x 15 participants = $39,222.00)

*The value of volunteer time is calculated through Independent Sector.

Kenya Orphan Care Project from MidAmerica Nazarene University on Vimeo.

The campus-wide plan of action meets not only the physical needs of safe residential facilities and healthy food, but also includes adult care givers who will foster mentoring relationships and a support network for the children.

The project costs include the acquisition of land, construction of housing, the purchase of a vehicle, and start-up costs for various sustainability initiatives such as a community garden and chicken coop. Rev. Okinyo, along with his wife, Grace, will provide leadership for this project and ongoing oversight. MNU also plans to send students to the site during the summer of 2011 to assist with the implementation of the project.

Every gift makes a significant difference in our efforts to make a transformational impact on children’s lives in East Africa.


Current Passion to Serve Project
Hope Center KC

Hope Center KC Project

During the 2018-19 school year, our students, faculty and staff are supporting Hope Center KC, a non profit dedicated to providing asset-based programs and opportunities for sustainable growth and development where children, youth and families can flourish on Kansas City's east side. We intend to:

  • Volunteer 500+ hours at Hope Center
  • Raise $10,000 for summer camp scholarships


  • You can help fund our project by supporting this year’s Passion to Serve project.
  • You can help fund a team traveling through our Go Global program.
  • You can also fund a specific student traveling as part of our Go Global program. These payments are a personal benefit to the student so they are not tax-deductible

Completed Passion to Serve Projects

LQVE Haiti Project

During the 2016-18 school years, our students, faculty and staff supported a new project in the rural Cascade Pichon region of Haiti. We are raising funds to:

  • Build a Health Clinic in the community of Bel-Air.
Urban Youth Project Voluteers

KC Urban Youth Project

In addition to regularly ministering to the children helped by the Kansas City Urban Youth Ministry, MNU students decided to make a financial difference in these children’s lives. Students worked to raise more than $8,300 during the 2011-2012 academic year. The money went to upgrade the Rosedale Ridge apartment complex, provide playground equipment, and purchase a van.

Kenya Project

Kenya Orphan Care Project

Proving that one person, one student, can make a difference, MNU students raised $35,000 during the 2010-2011 academic year for the Siaya, Kenya Orphanage. When MNU student, Jeb Flynn, spent a summer in Kenya, he proposed the university develop a plan to help. The money raised helped purchase land for housing, build sustainable gardens and provide ongoing mentorship for the children.

Guatemala Project

The Guatemala Project

In 2009-2010 the idea was that posed that ‘if’ 1,000 faculty, staff and students each donated $25 per semester—less than $2 per week—what could they do for the world? As a community, MNU raised more than $50,000 that year. Partnering with Rotary International, Heart to Heart International and Engineers Without Borders KC, the village of Patanatic, Guatemala received a new health clinic.

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