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UPDATE: We are so close to our goal! To all who have donated, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

We are still working toward our goal of $50,000. Please help us educate Kenyan students in need. Every gift makes a big difference!

Twelve years ago, “Kate’s Kids” opened its doors to ten girls on rented property. Since then, Hekima Place has grown in size and reputation, today caring for and educating nearly 90 girls of all ages. As Kate steps back from daily management of the home, we honor her for her love, courage, energy, and compassion for the girls of Hekima Place.

The Kate’s Kids Scholarship Fund will honor Kate by providing scholarships to deserving students, including our girls and other qualifying children from the local community.

Please join us in thanking Kate for her years of service by donating to the Kate’s Kids Scholarship Fund. Our goal is to raise $50,000 this fall, to show our appreciation and love for Kate, who has inspired so many. Thank you for your generous support!

A Letter From Jim DiPiero


  • Dear Kate,

    Thank you for all have done and continue to do for your girls. May God bless you abundantly.


    Deacon Lou and Mary Santore

  • Dear Kate, Thank you so much for creating a legacy in Hekima that will last for generations!!! May you find peace in your accomplishments and joy in the you share with your many daughters in the years to come. God Bless

    Laura Ohlund

  • Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for YOUR kids!

    Susan Hilty

  • God bless you for your wonderful work with orphans.

    Sharon Werner

  • Kate, thank you for all you do! You are an inspiration!

    Kelley Kregle

  • You are such a blessing to all these young ladies and an inspiration to all who are fortunate to know you.
    Love you lots!

    Linda Marano

  • Kate, thanks from the depths of our hearts for all the good work you have done for Kenyan girls over the years!

    Rick & Pat Jacobs

  • Kate,
    Thank you for your tireless work and care for the girls of Kenya
    God Bless you!

    Larry Eakin

  • "Working with you early in your career, I witnessed your compassion toward the people we served in the nursing home. It does not surprise me that you continued your journey in life to a path to serve those in need and at risk. Your dedication to the children is a blessing to them and you. Continue to have much Joy in your life."

    -Linda Esposto

  • "God bless."

    -Linda Hardick

  • "Best wishes for the scholarship fund!"

    With love, the Maras

  • "Kate, my involvement with the girls of Hekima is only possible because of your vision and faithfulness in founding Hekima Place and working tirelessly to make it the success it has become. Through your efforts, God has touched my heart and helped me to reach beyond my own resources to serve the girls with conviction and joy. Thanks for your blessing to me."

    Rick Jacobs

  • "Kate, your talent and determination are awesome and inspiring. I hope you have some time during the next few years to take pleasure in what you have accomplished."

    Jim English

  • "Kate, you have come a long way since our prayer group meeting at Eat ‘n Park when you told us you wanted to go to Africa to help kids with AIDS. We were in awe that you were really going to do it. Here we are now seeing you handing over the torch of Hekima Place to Jenny with grace and much love. As your dear friend I am so proud of you, Kate, and I thank God that our paths crossed. My life is so much richer and more fulfilling because you said yes – that you would take on this monumental task of caring for our wonderful girls. You are such a blessing to these girls and to those of us who have the privilege to work alongside of you for these many years. I thank God for you and of course for the Hekima girls in my life."

    Sue DiPiero

  • "Dear Kate, The vision, inspiration and love that the Lord gave you to found Hekima Place is beyond words. I know you will look back and be proud of the work you have done and the lives you have saved, while looking forward to the inspiration you will continue to provide our growing Hekima family. I cannot tell you how much it means to me to have found Hekima Place and I am honored and humbled to work with you as we continue building your legacy, knowing our girls will always have a place and family to come home to …… and YOU created it all. God Bless You, Kate!"

    Marianne McClain

  • "Congratulations, Kate, when so many people would have done so many other things, you were compelled to help others. What a legacy and what a message of love and hope. Thank you for all you have done for the girls and the inspiration and hope you have given them. You are a blessing to everyone around you. Wishing you much love!"

    Jenniffer Burke