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Speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves

Imagine that your head is filled with fantastic dreams, brilliant aspirations, and world changing ideas - but no one can hear you. The Kenya Development Fund is there with an outstretched hand, ready to help. To give power to the powerless and a voice to those who have no voice.

The Deaf Children of the Immanuel Christian School for the Deaf don’t need a hand out, they simply need a hand up.

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The primary focus of the activities of the Kenya Development Fund is the Immanuel Christian School for the Deaf in Ringa; a small community in the western Nyanza Province of Kenya.

Our Goals

- To provide a safe and healthy environment for living and learning.
- To gain a measure of self-reliance and sustainability, reducing or eliminating dependence on donor support.
- To provide a quality academic education and vocational training in an environment where Christ is exalted and spiritual discipline is demonstrated.

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Who We Are

Pastor Michael Gantt initiated the establishment of the Kenya Development Fund in 2008 as a means of providing strategic development support for the Immanuel Christian School for the Deaf. The Kenya Development Fund is a mission arm of Agape Christian Fellowship in Brattleboro, Vermont where Pastor Gantt served as lead pastor for more than 35 years, and operates under the umbrella of the leadership there. Agape Christian Fellowship is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 entity, thus all donations are tax deductible. Michael Gantt has brought an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit to the school that has broken with some traditional missionary strategies as he has purposely avoided any paternal positioning and serves as an advisor and cheerleader for the very capable leadership already in place for the school. While he has raised many thousands of dollars in the past ten years to construct the campus, his vision has always been to wean the school and its students off of donor support as they become more and more able to support themselves.


Working in partnership with the Immanuel School and Deaf Ministries International ( the Kenya Development Fund has conceived and is currently implementing a long term development plan which will culminate in the establishment of a complete educational program for Deaf children in Kenya.

Our Story

If you are born with a disability in many parts of the world, the future is bleak from the beginning. Often shunned and always overlooked, the deaf have little opportunity to compete in a brutal job market and end up begging just to survive.

The Immanuel Christian School for the Deaf is changing that by providing an educational opportunity that has--in just five short years-- developed into one of the leading academic institutions for special needs in all of Kenya.

Our Mission

Our mission is simple: We want to level the playing field for the Deaf. Our mission is to train leaders from among the Deaf community to pave the way for a new generation of Deaf children who are neither Disabled nor Disadvantaged; but Enabled to meet the challenges of life. Equipped, Encouraged, and Eager to take their place in the world.