Note: Photographs represent both ongoing and completed projects with various partner organizations.
Fidel, pre-school student.
The “post goal” dance, led by volunteer Brian Shimanksy.
Two men sit outside their home.
Right: Mikiel. Left: Astarico. Back: Odhiambo.
Arrive/Fariji’s first 15 rescued street children on their first day of school.
Volunteer Joanna exploring Kakamega National Forest.
Arrive volunteer Jake takes a village selfie.
Duke was one of the drunker street boys in Kisii and has been making exceptional progress as the glue continues to leave his brain. Easily one of the happiest kids I have ever met, my mood instantly gets lifted when we are together.
Rebeca and Bakuu at the lake.
The leg wound.
Even at Light School Uriri, there are shadows.
Fred enjoying the day.
Volunteer Skyler plays soccer with children in Kenya.
Thomas is from Kisumu and from the Luo tribe. A total orphan, he took a leap of faith traveling with Brian to an unknown land to live at the KRCH.
Just a small section of the growing shamba at the KRCH, increasing food sustainability.
A few of the girls at home preparing “matoke,” a traditional Gusii dish made from bananas.
No more sleeping on the dirt! The beds have come!
Before and after: Evans Omari was beaten furiously in Kisii by police officers who wanted him to leave. He is currently in polytechnic school.
David at home enjoying a cup of chai tea.
Children of the KRCH seperating maize from beans, and putting each into sacks to save for cooking.
Kennedy, a former Nairobi street boy and member of the Kikuyu tribe, eats his first ever s’more.
Volunteers, kids, and dogs in Uriri!
A collage of the volunteers Arrive welcomed throughout 2012.
Two Arrive volunteers relaxing after a day of work, watching a village soccer match under the sunset.
Volunteer Gretta getting her hands dirty and planting flowers.
Arrive Volunteer Yeon, from South Korea, learns how to cook traditional Kenyan food with the girls of the KRCH.
A beautiful sunset over Kenya.
Volunteer Kevin with Fariji Chariman Robert, building picnic tables for the kids at home.
Kevin sharing a bicycle ride with some zebra in Hell’s Gate National Park.
Five different hands, five different tribes, all living together in peace at the KRCH.
Fresh chai anyone?
Our boys (Mrefu, TanoTano, Siginya and Melkzedek) running with some of the world’s best runners at Gusii Stadium.
Arrive children eager to get their first glance at the moon, a few planets, and many stars through a donated telescope.
Brian working with street children in Kisumu.
Otao, Light Home of Hope resident, says: “ONE LOVE!”
A Maasai mother and her baby.
Volunteers Rachel and Danielle getting their hands dirty planting kale.
Arrive volunteer Andrew helps build a home.
Members of the Maasai tribe come from miles around to attend a free medical clinic.
Astarico attending extra classes, experiencing his first scratch-and-sniff scented sticker. Claire hard at work in the background.
A beautiful sunset over Kenya.
Brian, Deborah, and Eunice at Debroah’s school in Maasailand.
Cows invade the futbol field.
Members of the Arrive team visiting the street children at night to bring them bread, blankets, and other goods.
Arrive volunteer Gretta carries clean drinking water back home.
Two street children are lucky enough to find a wooden crate to sleep in.
The pre-schoolers at Light School.
A happy Light School student.
Victor and Audrey in the kitchen.
Peace & Love From Kenya!
Brian (Arrive President), Robert (Fariji chairman), and a volunteer.
Volunteer Mathew teaches a few of the Arrive children how to play guitar.
A few Arrive volunteers walking through Massai Land.
Evans wanting to play some futbol.
Volunteer Mike getting his hands dirty in the shamba.
Former street boy Wilfred Kengere taking care of his animal, a calf, at home.
The bulls plowing a part of our new land.
The going away party for volunteers Max and Nell consisted of dancing, sodas, a bonfire, and s’mores.
The typical “bed” of a street child.
President Brian, about to “leave for work.” :)
Who is happier?
Happy holidays from Claire!
A little hard to see, but the GE volunteers with some of the children during the bonfire.
Learn more about Astarico by clicking “The Kids.”
After feasting on roasted goat, soda, cake, and lollipops, the kids proudly show off their new pajamas only moments before changing into them.
Volunteers Yazan, Nell, and Amy take a safari with the Maasai tribe of Kenya.
A typical sunset hike through the hills of western Kenya, where the KRCH is located.
All of the kids excited about their new soccer equipment, donated by Jerseys from Jersey.
The beginning stages of constructing the Keumbu Rehema Childrens Home.
Happy students make for happy living.
A young street boy in Kisii.
Former street boy James enjoying the sunset from rural Uriri, Kenya.
Walking home from school.
A clean water tank and tap installed by Arrive services the entire village of Nyaturubo.
A baby of the Maasai tribe, close to the KRCH.
A volunteer standing behind a young street girl. Most street girls are forced to prostitution around the age of 12 and shortly after contract HIV. The street boy on the right is sniffing glue from one hand and jet fuel from the other.
Fred happy on his new bed.
Getting less clumsy by the day!
Brian talking with two street children.
The toxic smell. The deteriorating effects. The fact that homeless orphans as young as five years old turn to huffing glue to forget about their horrific lives. Arrive is their hope; their path to prosperity. Will YOU be part of the solution?
Volunteers Brian and Travis pose with all the Arrive kids during a game of futbol.
Volunteer Mathew paints the KRCH’s main dormitory.
Women search through garbage to find food for their families or small pieces of metal to sell for one or two cents.
Sponsored Light School students in front of their mud home.
From street boy to Spiderman, this is Mikiel ChaCha from the Kuria tribe boarding Tanzania. Superpowers include: making everyone around him laugh, overcoming some of life’s harshest obstacles, and rocking a secondhand Spiderman onesie costume like nobody’s business.
Sheryl engrossed in her studies.
Brian working with street children in Kisumu.
This is Omena, smiling. He is eight years old, lives in a dumpster in Kenya, and is addicted to huffing glue. If he can find a reason to smile, so should everyone reading this. Or maybe you don’t need a reason… Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason, you’re in trouble, because that reason can be taken from you. –Deepak Chopra
Volunteers visit a local villager in need of help.
Just a few of the thousands of children left alone to live and die on the streets, with no family, food, shelter, or hope.
Former street boy Brian “Samaki” Peter enjoying his more rural surroundings.
James and Otato help around the house.
A few of the street children in Kisii.
The top of Africa – Arrive volunteers reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro!
Sammy always smiling!
Arrive founder Brian working with street children in one of Nairobi’s most dangerous slums, Mlango Kubwa.
Arrive volunteer Terrance helps to paint the main dormitory of the KRCH, with the help of a few kids.
A tradtional fisherman on Lake Victoria, the second biggest lake in the world, and only two hours from the KRCH.
A street child sleeping inthe street.
Thomas taking a “reading break”
Board Member Davide with a happy child in Uriri.
Brian’s deck – the only deck for hundreds of miles around!
Makojoo, front and center wearing the dirty dinosaur sweater, huffing toxic glue from his water bottle.
Asante sana, FootPrints! The kids are so excited about their new shoes!
Happy students make tomorrow’s leaders.
A photo of the always elusive leopard that a volunteer took while on safari.
The mattresses have arrived!
From left to right: volunteer Ryan, Maasai man Lenny Ole Amponi, volunteer Andrew, and volunteer Skyler.
Part of the Keumbu Rehema Childrens Home.
Welcome to Light School.
Four Arrive sponsored secondary school students.
Volunteer Nell gives all of the Arrive children their first ever towels. All the children shower in the nearby river.
After Shaggy got her driver’s license…
A street boy sniffing glue.
Volunteers Amy and Yazan go for an evening hike through the Gusii Highlands of western Kenya
An Arrive volunteer feeds a giraffe in Nairobi.
A few of the boys on a hike after school closed for a one month break.
Peace & Love from Kenya!
Children forced to search for metal scrapes to sell for food.
The futbol games have started….and haven’t stopped! Part of the KRCH’s boys’ home can be seen on the left.