Americans Brian and Heather Dellamater have spent six years crafting a vision for sustainable, gospel-centered community development among the Masai people of Southern Kenya. In November, they and their children will board an airplane and move across the world to begin their work on a 52-acre plot of land they purchased to facilitate local growth – Kijani Farm.

Before the idea for Kijani Farm, the Dellamater family spent two years (2007-2009) outside of Nairobi, Kenya developing an orphanage and working with women and children in the slum of Kiberia. When they felt that their work was complete, they returned to the States and left the orphanage in the able hands of local Kenyan leaders. In 2011 they felt a renewed call to the mission field.

The goal of Kijani Farm – which means ‘green’ in Swahili – is to “train,” “transform,” and “transfer.” While addressing the critical issue of food and water sustainability through agricultural development and training, it will also act as a community hub with a school, health clinic, and church. In turn, these four institutions will train Kenyan nationals in skilled labor, modern education, pastoral work, and healthcare. Per this plan, they hope to “break the cycle of dependency” perpetuated by “traditional global mission strategies.”

Heather Dellamater is particularly excited to begin working with the school. As she and Brian began to learn more about the plight of Masai education, “our eyes and hearts were opened to the great needs of the children.” They hope that the school will enable the local children to break the cycle of poverty and advance to higher education and professional careers. Education, as well as the other components of Kijani Farm, is designed to empower the next generation of Kenyan Masai to love God and live well.

To follow the Dellamater’s progress in Kenya, follow Heather’s blog and visit their website.


Brian Dellamater (third from left) with local Masai men

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