While Scott and Alisa Dishong were living in Nairobi, Kenya serving as missionaries,they felt led to adopt a baby boy. His name was Lucas. While going through the adoption process, they were burdened by the extreme poverty that they saw in Kenya every day. The average Kenyan lives on less than $2 a day, and there are over 3 million orphans in Kenya.
Because of these statistics, along with the joy that Lucas brought them, they felt a calling to help other children that were less fortunate. One day during the adoption process, Scott met a little girl named Mary. Mary’s parents could not afford to send Mary to school even though she only lacked a 50 cent notebook. This inspired Scott and Alisa not only to help Mary go to school, but also to help other children attend school.
So along with some dedicated friends they decided that God was leading them to move back to the States and start a non-profit 501c3 organization. The purpose of Project Lucas is to help children and families in Kenya that live in extreme poverty to see, feel, and hear the Gospel while equipping them to escape poverty.
Thirteen years later, thousands of children and their families have been given hope for a better future through Project Lucas. Today Project Lucas supports:
- The Project Lucas Community Center in Ruiru Kenya
- The Project Lucas Academy (a preschool and early elementary school)
- A Child Sponsorship Program
- A High School Student Sponsorship Program
- Backpacks for Africa
- Annual Mission Trips
We desire to expose people to the extreme poverty these children live in. The more people are aware of the problem, the more people will be able to help and change the life of a child. Lucas has taught us all that we cannot change the entire world, but we can change the entire world of one child.
Project Lucas is a registered 501(c)3 organization
We are a Christian non-profit organization. Our purpose is to help children and families in Kenya that live in extreme poverty to see, feel, and hear the Gospel while equipping them to escape poverty. Project Lucas is governed by a board of trustees that oversees the use of our resources and work. All donations are tax deductible.