Arrive generates positive action and sustainable advancement to empower children in impoverished regions of the world by providing shelter, promoting good health, offering access to education and giving at risk children tools and opportunities for a successful, independent, and fulfilling life.
Arrive in Kenya is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization, meaning all donations are tax deductible. EIN# 462565243. Physical address: Arrive, 102 Stonecrest Rd, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Arrive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of the most vulnerable children around the world. In partnership with local organizations, Arrive restores hope and self-confidence by empowering at risk youth, orphans, and street children.
Arrive works with local Kenyan non-profit organizations and together, we’ve established and financially supported multiple childrens’ homes and other projects in areas such Kisii County, Kenya; and Uriri (Migori County, Kenya; in partnership with Light Uriri), both villages in the rural western Nyanza Province of Kenya. The children Arrive rescues immediately move from a life of drug addiction, starvation, and homelessness to one of hope and opportunity. Every child goes to school, sleeps in his or her own bed, eats three healthy meals per day, lives a healthy and sober life, and is happy. Most importantly, they learn skills that prepare them for a fulfilling and successful life after school.
Arrive also hosts volunteers from around the world to come to rural Kenya. Volunteers have many choices for their program but all visitors are immersed in local culture. Volunteer projects fall under one or more of the following categories: education, health, and community development.
Arrive also strives to build not only long-lasting, but environmentally sustainable infrastructure on the ground. This may include vegetable farms, the use of solar energy, the presence of livestock, and more. Not only does this practice help the environment, environmental sustainability is closely correlated with financial sustainability and the long-term goals for Arrive.
Arrive is fully committed to complete transparency regarding projects, financial information, and allocation of funds.
Arrive was founded by Brian Ash, Dave Ippolito and James Hale in 2013. Brian first visited Africa in the summer of 2012, when at the age of 22, he summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Wanting to make the most of his international trip, Brian decided to visit Kenya for a volunteer experience. Within days of arriving in Kenya, Brian’s perspective on life changed as he witnessed the horrific situations that street children must endure to survive.
After Brian graduated from the University of Colorado in 2013, he sacrificed the comforts of his middle-class American life to live amongst the homeless, starving, orphaned, drug-addicted street children of Kenya. He couldn’t justify living his life knowing that young children were living and dying in dumpsters – completely and utterly alone. Hearing their stories and talking with them in Swahili, which he taught himself, made certain his passion to help these children wouldn’t perish. He then founded the organization which has since rescued countless street children, built two sustainable childrens homes in rural Kenya, and given them an opportunity for a second chance at life. Now living in a holistic, productive, and fun environment for the first time in their lives, while at the same time receiving a quality education, these kids know no boundaries for their future. They will become independent and contributing members of the same society that once tried to destroy them. All members of the Arrive administrative team are beyond proud to be a part of the solution in today’s world; to be helping to empower former street kids, orphans, and vulnerable children to live happy, fulfilling, and productive lives. People often ask Brian, “How long will you continue?” The answer is simple – until you can walk through any city on earth without seeing a child forced to live the most horrific and sad life imaginable – the life of a street child.
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The vision of Arrive is to take this successful model and help children in danger all over the world. Focusing on rescuing street children and orphans, sustainability, and building a fulfilling life for every child, Arrive will one day offer at-risk children everywhere an opportunity for success. If our model is successful, scalable, and replicable, the sky is the limit!