About us

Ark Quest Trust was established to provide support for the Ark Quest Education Centre in Kenya. Specifically:

To ensure teachers’ salaries are paid.

To provide textbooks and resources.

To provide sponsorship to enable students to continue to high school.

To provide financial support for community development projects.

Ark Quest Education Centre

In 2008, Calvine Ominde started a feeding programme for 8 children in his village. Within 3 years, this venture developed into a school. Currently, Ark Quest Education Centre provides education and two meals per day for over 100 students. It is a private Christian school and, though registered with the Kenyan Ministry of Education, receives no government funding. Many students cannot afford the fees and therefore funding is required for the operational expenses of the school.
At present 26 people are employed in a number of roles: teachers, guards, cooks, and agricultural and horticultural workers. Potential income-producing projects are in their early stages and are not yet generating income. It is often a struggle to pay salaries and maintain and further develop the school.

our team

Philip Russell

Phil is married to Morag, and they have 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren. He taught at Bethlehem College for 26 years, after emigrating from the UK in 1993.

He first met Dr Calvine Ominde in 2007 and was inspired by his vision and selflessness.
From the early days of providing a feeding program for eight children, Ark Quest Education Centre has become a top performing school in its District.

Jan Dean

Jan is widowed, with 2 adult children and 6 grandchildren. She is now retired after teaching at Bethlehem College for many years.
Her association with Ark Quest Education Centre began with a school mission’s trip in 2012. She has since returned 3 more times, and has been impressed by the difference this venture, which includes agricultural and horticultural projects as well as a school, is making to the lives of not just the students at the school but to the whole community.
Dr Calvine Ominde’s dedication to this school and community development project is inspirational, and Ark Quest Trust is committed to supporting the work until the project can become self-sustaining.

Emma Hodgson

Emma is married to Brad and has 2 children. She is a mixed animal Veterinarian.

Emma first met Calvine on a school mission trip to Nairobi in 2007. After remaining in contact over the years she returned first in 2016 with husband Brad, where they worked with Calvine to further develop the school dairy herd. She has since returned again with a team in 2019 to begin building the permanent school buildings at Ark Quest Education Centre. She has passion for Ark Quest and its mission to becoming a self-sustaining entity, designed to lift not just the school children but the village out of poverty, all the while keeping Jesus-focused. She is excited about continuing to partner with Ark Quest and is looking forward to what the future will hold.

Lisa Higgins

Lisa is married to Chris, and has 2 grown children. She is currently working as a teacher at Bethlehem College.
Together with their children, they first visited Ark Quest Education Centre in 2015. Returning in 2019, they joined a team who began the build of permanent classrooms. Lisa continues to be impressed by the impact that this little school has on its students, their families and the wider community.
Ark Quest Education Centre exists because one man decided he would support the impoverished children his local community. Let us join with Dr Calvine Ominde, who is now committed to feeding, and educating over 100 students in Mahanga Village, Kenya.

“Give, and it will be given to you. You will have more than enough. It can be pushed down and shaken together and it will still run over as it is given to you. The way you give to others is the way you will receive in return.” Luke 6:38


Covering the cost of teachers’ salaries is our first priority. Ark Quest Education Centre is a private Christian school and is not supported by the Kenyan Government. The current situation is that many students are unable to pay their fees to cover the cost of teachers’ salaries. Maintaining high quality staff is essential to the on-going progress of the students.
We would love you to be kept informed about the progress at Ark Quest Education Centre. To receive updates please fill in the form below and tick the relevant boxes.
We would value your supporting us in prayer. Current prayer needs are:

  • Finances for ongoing teachers' salaries
  • The recruiting and retaining of suitable teaching staff
  • Continued exam success for the students at Ark Quest Education Centre
  • The health of Dr Calvine Ominde
  • Success in all horticultural and agricultural endeavours
  • Wisdom for all involved in this ministry

Thank you for considering supporting us financially. When you give financially to Ark Quest Trust, 100% of your donation will go directly to Ark Quest Education Centre to finance teachers' salaries and student sponsorship. As we would like to acknowledge any donations, please fill out the form below.
Funds can then be deposited using the account: ASB Bank 12-3633-0029261-00