David Spurdle, a teacher from Hornchurch, visited Lebanon and saw some kids who needed help. He didn’t know how he was going to do it, but he committed to caring for 60 orphaned boys, so he founded Kids Alive UK that later became Stand by Me. Since then, we’ve rescued over 10,000 kids across 11 countries. This is our story so far.
In the middle of the Lebanese civil war, David visited the Near East Boys' Home in Beirut to rebuild a sewer system
David returned to the boys' home many times and his relationship with the boys grew stronger
The construction of a purpose-built building to house the Eva Russell School began. UK volunteer teams built additional classrooms every year
Launched our first ever disaster relief when Hurricane George hit the country. Containers full with clothing and food were sent to help the victims
We heard of 14 orphaned kids living in a shed, facing persecution. We adopted them and built them a family home for adoptive parents to look after them
We purchased a 50 acre site and established the Karundas Children’s Centre to care for 50 young girls and boys in crisis.
An ethnic uprising resulted in an orphan crisis, compelling us to adopt a further 800 children. Despite the challenges, it was one of the best decisions we’ve made
We adopted 50 of the poorest children in Colombia, and provided them with a quality education and a hot meal each day
We met orphaned and abandoned children living on the streets of Ethiopia, so we established a loving family home with adoptive parents
The Hall Mead Academy was opened to provide nursery and primary school education for poor children from the neighbourhood
Land was acquired for the Bethany School, so we began building a school campus. Today 450 children are receiving a free education, meals and health care
Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar killing 100,000 people. We provided aid for over 7,000 people for 6 months - our biggest disaster relief appeal to date
We purchased and renovated a derelict building to improve the facilities of our school and increase the number of pupils to 240
We started a medical programme, to help kids and parents to receive treatment. Over 60 UK medical professionals have visited to enhance the health of our children
Established a HIV Food Programme providing children and carers with food supplies and counselling, giving them dignity and helping them to fight infection
We adopted the a children’s home, providing a loving home for children from remote villages with no access to school
We provided 290 of the poorest children, many from the lowest castes considered 'untouchable', with educational scholarships
To eradicate child labour, we began giving small business grants to our children's carers, helping them earn an income and become self-sufficient
We built and opened a new children's village in Shan State. The two homes now provide a loving and comfortable environment for 20 children who were previously living without care
We relaunched our school in Colombia and reopened as a care centre to support families through counselling, training and housing support
We built and opened a school in the remote mountains to give children a great education and help the community with education on trafficking
Ahmad Ayoubi, one of the first Stand by Me kids from Lebanon, stepped into David Spurdle's shoes and became Executive Director of Stand by Me
The first class of Grade 8 students at the Abdi Academy took their national exams. Every one of the 22 students passed their exam and progressed to High School.
We sent our first team to Colombia, including doctors and teachers who spent 10 days running clinics for our children as well as a fun summer camp.
Stand by Me turned 25! We hosted an online event to celebrate all that we had achieved together in rescuing kids around the world thanks to God's faithfulness.
Due to an outbreak of civil unrest throughout Myanmar, Stand by Me has been delivering food parcels to ensure families and children are safe and fed.
We adopted the Open Arms Project in Kenya and welcomed 330 children into our care to provide them with education, food, healthcare, community support and a bright future.