Kenya

Kenya has long been affected by seasons of drought or locusts leading to a lack of food and increased prices which puts many at risk of starvation. Kenya is still feeling the ripple effects of the civil violence that broke out in 2008 when political violence left thousands of children orphaned, abandoned, homeless or vulnerable. Throughout the country, extreme poverty prohibits thousands of children from accessing an education, leaving them vulnerable to child labour, child marriage and stuck in the same cycle of poverty.

2006

A 52 acre plot of land was identified, purchased, and dedicated as the site for the Open Arms Village in western Kenya.

2008

We welcome our first 18 children into the Open Arms family. We also established a feeding programme in local slums.

2009

We welcomed 11 more children and 2 babies into the Open Arms family and we launched the Open Arms Academy.

2010

We welcomed 18 more vulnerable children and opened our pre-school. We began construction on two more family homes and guesthouses. 

2011

We opened new Baby Home and took in 10 babies in need. We completed construction of a 5th family home and a playground within the Village.

2012

Our feeding programme reached 180 children in local slums. Over 130 students attended our Open Arms Academy and over 80 children had a home in our village. 

2014

110 children are now living in the Open Arms Village. Our medical clinics treated over 5600 people. Our feeding programme reached 400 children.

2018

Our medical clinics treated over 10,000 people. Our silo program was launched, providing hundreds of families in the community safe food storage.

2019

With over 150 children living in our Village with 10 family homes, our oldest children began graduating school and university.

2020

We navigated through the Covid pandemic without a single case of Covid. Our farm provided food for hundreds of families in our community.

2021

Over 100 families have been given care packages to help them through the pandemic. 20 students are attending College or University this year.

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Carlos lives with his mother and two younger siblings.

Carlos was often left to care for his little brother and sister alone and as a result they would sometimes go days without eating. When Carlos did have food, he would always give what little he had to his siblings to eat.

Carlos is now at the Open Arms Academy. He is one of the brightest boys in his class. He loves learning and teaching his baby brother to write in the mud. The school can keep a close eye on Carlos and his siblings, ensuring they are eating every day. If he misses school, they will check that everything is ok at home and they are safe.

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Jon has nine siblings. They all lives together in a tiny mud hut. 

Their home had barely enough space for them to all sleep alongside with their mother. For breakfast all they would have is black tea. Jon’s mother worked all hours of the day but could barely afford to feed all her children. But now Jon attends the Open Arms Academy. He receives breakfast and lunch every day. He loves to play football with his friends and teach his younger sibling what he learns at school.

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When Gad's parents passed away when he was just a toddler, he ended up living on the streets with his brother

Without a home or parents to care for them, they often went without food. Thankfully, the brothers were brought to the Open Arms Village where they regained their strength. They were surrounded by a loving family. Gad loved the Open Arms farm and would spend his time there learning about how to care for animals and plant crops. When his brother was old enough and had a job, Gad went to live with him. He taught his brother what he learnt and together they started a chicken farm and grow their own vegetables to sell.

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