Bridges of Hope and Empowerment International, Inc.(BOHEI) is dedicated to improving the lives of chidren in Kenya in the area of education.

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Bridges of Hope and Empowerment International Story

Bridges of Hope and Empowerment International, Inc.(BOHEI) was founded in November 2016 by Dr. Karen Lyons and Dr. Ralph Lyons as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our focus is bringing hope and value to orphaned and vulnerable children, 10-18 years old, in Kenya, through education. Bridges of Hope and Empowerment accomplishes this by working through churches and partnering with community organizations and individuals.

We also provide education, life-skills training, seminars, conferences, and other community health initiatives, HIV/AIDS, malaria (and other illnesses from drinking unclean water) prevention, testing and counseling. Dr. Karen Lyons and her husband, Dr. Ralph Lyons, set out on a safari in Kenya in 2012, where they visited Amboseli, Samburu and Masaai Mara National parks, and a vision for children in Kenya began.

Their love to see and meet communities of people from different cultures and villages, especially a kindergarten school room in Masaai Mara, ignited special a passion and love for education, poverty alleviation, and community empowerment.

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Our Vision

Achieve united and healthy communities through education, life skill training, feeding programs, and community partnerships leading to self-sustainability.

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Mission

To embrace, equip, and empower children in Kenya through education and opportunities that provide for their well-being and employment.

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Core Values

  • Character
  • Transparency
  • Professionalism
  • Impact

Our Goals

Bridges of Hope and Empowerment (BOHEI) aims to achieve major goals. These goals will help the organization create a society-based empowerment forum where we are planning to:

  • Eliminate dependency by creating self-sustainability through education.
  • Support orphans and vulnerable children, 10-18 years old.
  • Educate youth on life skills and the dangers of susbance abuse.
  • Teach gardening skills and how to plant vegetable gardens.

BOHEI

LOGO

Mission Highlights in 2018

We launched Seed of Smile program. This program targets several communities where we train members of using limited land and plant a lot of crops. This is mostly by using used plastics bottles and also filling bags with soil. September

On 10 September 2018, President of Bridges of Hope and Empowerment, Dr. Karen Lyons together with Dr. Laura Lockett, Minister Janava Benton, and Minister Darlene Bulgar officially opened the center, offering beauty and computer classes. October

We visited Kiwanja Primary school where we conducted guidance and counseling to class 8 students. We realized there was a need to mentor those students spiritually since they come from very humble families. That spiritual knowledge will help them prepare well for their final examination. November

Bridges of Hope and Empowerment held its first graduation. 52 students graduated from our center. They gained skills to enable them to create jobs and lead self-dependency and life sustainability. December

We visited Bethsaida orphanage and donated Christmas gifts. We played with the children and also gave them learning materials to prepare them for the term one school opening. May September October November December May

We launched Seed of Smile program. This program targets several communities where we train members of using limited land and plant a lot of crops. This is mostly by using used plastics bottles and also filling bags with soil. September

On 10 September 2018, President of Bridges of Hope and Empowerment, Dr. Karen Lyons together with Dr. Laura Lockett, Minister Janava Benton, and Minister Darlene Bulgar officially opened the center, offering beauty and computer classes. October

We visited Kiwanja Primary school where we conducted guidance and counseling to class 8 students. We realized there was a need to mentor those students spiritually since they come from very humble families. That spiritual knowledge will help them prepare well for their final examination. November

Bridges of Hope and Empowerment held its first graduation. 52 students graduated from our center. They gained skills to enable them to create jobs and lead self-dependency and life sustainability. December

We visited Bethsaida orphanage and donated Christmas gifts. We played with the children and also gave them learning materials to prepare them for the term one school opening.

Mission Highlights in 2019 (Visit Newsletters)

We conducted a survey of our previous students who graduated from our center. We are happy to know a good number from both beauty and computer class is doing well in their fields. Some have started their own business hence creating employment for many. February

We visited Kiwanja Primary school where we conducted guidance and counseling to class 8 students. We realized there was a need to mentor those students spiritually since they come from very humble families. That spiritual knowledge will help them prepare well for their final examination. March

We partnered with the community members and constructed a chicken coop. This coop will be used to rear over 100 chickens. These will lead to the sustainability of all members of the community. April

On 5th April, Bridges of Hope and Empowerment Initiative conducted its second graduation. 76 students graduated from our center. They gained skills to enable them to create jobs and lead to self-dependency and life sustainability. September

Launched the Naningo farmers’ cooperative society. This society was formed by a group of Maasai women. They united together with the purpose of starting a milk processing plant. We were also able to give school uniforms donated by Morrow First UMC to 63 children and provided 120 school supply kits. Dr. Karen launched the first-ever computer class in Olmaa, Maasai land. October

Bridges of Hope and Empowerment under the transformation agenda of restoring hope to many children in Kenya visited Bethsaida and donated rice, flour, sugar, and biscuits. We always don`t forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices, God is pleased. November

Bridges of Hope and Empowerment continued to embrace and equip youths from Olmaa, Maasai land with computer skills. To fully make sure the students have the latest IT knowledge, we decided to offer digital skills and introduce them basic entrepreneur skills. Some of the skills learned were time management, efficiency, communication, networking, and strategic thinking. These skills will build their career and lead to social transformation. December

Bridges of Hope and Empowerment continued to embrace and equip youths from Olmaa, Maasai land with computer skills. Most of them completed the course successfully. January February March April September October November December January

We conducted a survey of our previous students who graduated from our center. We are happy to know a good number from both beauty and computer class is doing well in their fields. Some have started their own business hence creating employment for many. February

We visited Kiwanja Primary school where we conducted guidance and counseling to class 8 students. We realized there was a need to mentor those students spiritually since they come from very humble families. That spiritual knowledge will help them prepare well for their final examination. March

We partnered with the community members and constructed a chicken coop. This coop will be used to rear over 100 chickens. These will lead to the sustainability of all members of the community. April

On 5th April, Bridges of Hope and Empowerment Initiative conducted its second graduation. 76 students graduated from our center. They gained skills to enable them to create jobs and lead to self-dependency and life sustainability. September

Launched the Naningo farmers’ cooperative society. This society was formed by a group of Maasai women. They united together with the purpose of starting a milk processing plant. We were also able to give school uniforms donated by Morrow First UMC to 63 children and provided 120 school supply kits. Dr. Karen launched the first-ever computer class in Olmaa, Maasai land. October

Bridges of Hope and Empowerment under the transformation agenda of restoring hope to many children in Kenya visited Bethsaida and donated rice, flour, sugar, and biscuits. We always don`t forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices, God is pleased. November

Bridges of Hope and Empowerment continued to embrace and equip youths from Olmaa, Maasai land with computer skills. To fully make sure the students have the latest IT knowledge, we decided to offer digital skills and introduce them basic entrepreneur skills. Some of the skills learned were time management, efficiency, communication, networking, and strategic thinking. These skills will build their career and lead to social transformation. December

Bridges of Hope and Empowerment continued to embrace and equip youths from Olmaa, Maasai land with computer skills. Most of them completed the course successfully.

Mission Highlights in 2020-2021 (Visit Newsletters)

The year 2020-2021 was tough due to the COVID-19 pandamic. Kenya was hit badly economically and this led to job cuts, schools shut down as well as lock down. it was really tough for families living in Kahawa west and the surrounding areas where Bridges Of Hope and Empowerment operates.

Bridges Of Home and Empowerment participated after a call from the government in fight against the spread of Corona Virus and food relief to the most affected families. Throughout the year Bohei Donated food items, Hand sanitizer, hand washing spots, protective face masks and creating awareness in Kahawa west.

USA Team

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Dr. Karen Lyons

Founder and CEO Dr. Karen Lyons has been in ministry since 1999 and is presently Senior Pastor at Morrow First UMC, Morrow, GA. Her previous experience includes being an Assistant Vice President in banking, working as a chaplain at Southern Regional Hospital, Grady Hospital, and Metro State Prison in Atlanta, Georgia. Karen is President/Founder of Bridges of Hope and Empowerment International, Inc., an Atlanta-based nonprofit with a focus non our local leaders(staff) in Kenya. The organization is incorporated by the IRS as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization in Georgia as a registered Community-Based Organization (CBO) in Kenya. BOHEI is dedicated to providing educational resources, skill-traininhg and food to orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya.

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Dr. Ralph Lyons

Board Member Dr. Lyons earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he graduated cum laude. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he completed both an internship and residency at Emory University affiliated hospitals in Atlanta. Before completing his fellowship in digestive diseases (gastroenterology) at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Dr. Lyons served for two years with the Public Health Service at Southside Healthcare in Morrow, Georgia. Dr. Lyons is a Gastroenterologist with Atlanta South Gastroenterology in Atlanta, Georgia. For the tenth consecutive year, he was voted by a committee of his peers as “Top Doctors” in Atlanta , Ga. Atlanta Magazine provides a list Doctors” an annual list of top physicians in the metro area. Dr. Lyons is a Ironman and enjoys traveling and reading.

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Carolyn Upshur

Board Member

USA Advisory Member

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Dr. Laura Lockett

Board Member

Darlene

Darlene Bulgar

Board Member

Janava

Janava Benton

Board Member