Hope Water Project


We focus our efforts on a forgotten group of People: the Pokot of Western Kenya. People whom we know and love. People we consider dear friends. They are also extremely impoverished, neglected, and marginalized; which is why we are committed to investing in their lives. Over the past thirteen years, we’ve entered into a partnership with the Pokot Outreach Ministry (POM) to provide HOPE –one clean water well at a time.

Ultimately, clean water provides hope for a new future.

Water is our most basic and vital need in life. Without it, nothing can happen. Nothing can grow. But with it, everything changes. Clean water quenches thirst — but it also restores health. With access to clean water, life can be given back to a community. Water is life…and hundreds of millions of people around the world are suffering today because they do not have access to clean water. Hope Water Project is committed to providing clean water by partnering with communities and drilling deep water wells in some of the world’s neediest areas. Our current project is to provide 1,000 new water wells for the Pokot tribe in northwestern Kenya.



Why we do it.

Hope Water Project exists to reveal Jesus through access to clean water. Clean water means saves time and restores health. The hours spent each day looking for water instead becomes time to work, care for children, or go to school.

How we do it.

Hope Water Project works with trusted partners on the ground to drill wells. Through our partner organizations, we steward the appropriate amount of knowledge and resources that are sustained through a high degree of local project ownership. Our project crews navigate unimaginable terrain, drill wells and maintain equipment, and assist in building flourishing communities once clean water is flowing.

The results.

Over the past thirteen years over 100 wells have been installed. With each one, villages have grown, lives have been saved, communities have been formed, and thousands of people have heard the Gospel for the first time. We have witnessed firsthand the amazing impact clean water can have.

Support a pastor.

​Having a source of water also gives Kensington an opportunity to financially support a pastor in each village — who will provide support for village pastors is energized through the Kensington Fund. Make a gift to support the pastors.


Join our mailing list to stay informed about events, group training schedules and upcoming opportunities to jump in.


Setup A Fundraising Page

Thanks for your commitment to Hope Water Project. By fundraising, you are raising awareness and bringing clean water to the Pokot! Remember that you are not selling a product that people don’t need. You are inviting people to join you in helping to provide the most basic necessity of life – CLEAN WATER.

Hope Water Project Fundraising

Setup Instructions:

– Step 1: Login Here

— If you don’t have an account already, click the link to the login page and select Create New Account.
— If you do not remember your login, click the link to the login page and select Forgot Account.

– Step 2: Complete the registration questions. You will be provided the opportunity to personalize your page with photos and text about your story. Tell people why you are doing this. The people who are donating to your are often supporting you just as much as the cause.
– Step 3: Copy your unique URL and share it for people to directly access your fundraising page for donations.
– Step 4: Donate to yourself. Demonstrate your commitment by donating to your own fundraising page!

Fundraising Tips

– You can still fundraise even if you are not participating in one of the main events! Have a bake sale, ask for donations in lieu of gifts – there are many ways to raise money!
– Donate to yourself! It’s a #1 rule – believe in yourself and trust that others will too!
– Don’t be afraid to ask. You will be surprised by who donates. Those people you are most afraid to ask are usually the most generous. If you asked once before, studies show that donors are more likely to donate a second time.
– Get creative. Host a fundraising party, hand out personalized business cards with your web page link, tweet about your training, have a lemonade stand, etc. Have FUN!
– Keep your friends and family updated on your training progress and fundraising goals. Utilize email and social media to share your story!
– Tell people about the Pokot, share videos posted to social media and the HWP website and help others see how they are making a difference.

– Send letters! People love mail, click here for a sample format for your fundraising letter.


What Does It Mean To Be On The Team?

We are grateful for you and your decision to be a part of the Hope Water Project community! Together, we can change lives!

We are here to support you and encourage you through the process; whether you are a walker, a runner, a cyclist, a volunteer or “outside the box” fundraiser – you are moving out and we appreciate

YOU are changing lives! As a team, we come together to train, to volunteer and to support and encourage one another. We participate in events through the year and we raise awareness of the need for clean water. Your fundraising helps to build wells that impact the lives of the Pokot

So your next step depends on what you want to do and how you want to step out!

A great first step is to join our mailing list to stay up to date on all our events and opportunities to jump in!

Next, visit our events page for upcoming opportunities to jump in. Sign up’s will be made available as we get closer to event dates and will be posted on the event page and emailed to our community.

And most important, setup your fundraising page ! Whether you walk, run, cycle or volunteer – everyone can participate in fundraising.

And last, connect with us. Follow us on social media and join us on our mission to provide clean water! 

How Do I Order A Jersey?

Visit our online store here and browse the selection of jersey’s and HWP swag! Various style Jerseys are available depending on the event and sleeve preference, be sure to browse the site and talk to your team members about various options available! We do place several orders per year, so be sure to join our mailing list for updates on when orders are begin made. Its recommended you train in your shirt at least a few times before your race/ride!

Team Email Communication

We use email as a main communication tool and encourage you to sign up for our emails if you haven’t already. If you’re not receiving emails from Hope Water Project, complete the online form here.

We are always here to answer questions, please email info@hopewaterproject.org at any time!

Social Media

We view social media as a great way to stay connected and reach out! We will post to the main Hope Water Project pages with updates and event information throughout the year so be sure to follow us!

Team Training Plans

Training plans are used to provide structure to your training and guide you through the process. The training plans we follow are available here and are created based on our annual event timelines:

Group Training*

One of the best ways to jump in is to join our group training. Participating in the training with the team helps to keep us accountable and allows us to support one another through this journey.

During the training season we meet weekly on Saturdays and use that time to communicate Hope Water Project updates, provide training tips, learn from our peer’s journeys and encourage one another. Most importantly, we tackle the long miles together!

Join our mailing list. to stay up to date on group training schedules and follow the groups on Facebook!

*Group Training is on hold at this time, updates will be made via Social Media as to when meeting as a group is allowed per state guidelines


Location: Orion Campus

Times: Sundays – 9 & 11am

RSVP required: yes

Traverse City

Location: Traverse City Campus

Times: Sundays –  9 & 11am

RSVP required: yes


Location: Troy Campus

Times: Sundays – 9 & 11am

RSVP required: yes


Location: Groves High School

Times: 10am

RSVP required: yes


Location: Clarkston Junior High

Times: Sundays – 10am

RSVP required: yes

Clinton Township

Location: Clinton Twp. Campus

Times: Sundays – 9 & 11am

RSVP required: yes


Location: Troy Chapel

Times: 11am

RSVP required: yes

KKids Strategy Playbook

Hope Water Project: Every Mile Counts

A global pandemic can’t change our commitment to bring clean, life-giving water to the Pokot people of western Kenya – and you can help! This year we have created an exciting, out-of-the-box challenge: Every Mile Counts. We’re moving on a virtual journey – one mile at a time – to reach around the globe and impact the Pokot.  Learn More

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For additional questions, please contact giving@kensingtonchurch.org or call 248.786.0637