Arrive has rented a 1.5 acre plot of land, directly next to our own land, which will be a major part of our efforts to become completely sustainable. On this new plot of land, we will plant crops like corn, beans, onions, peppers, pumpkins, kale, sugarcane, and napier grass (food for our cows).
Do you remember the last pair of shoes you bought? I do. But do you remember the first pair of shoes you ever bought? Probably not. But for over 100 kids in Nyaturubo, Kenya, they will always remember their first ever shoes!! Thanks to a fundraising effort by FootPrints, a studnt-run organization at Cornell University, Arrive was able to buy over 100 pairs of durable, locally made shoes for the kids who needed them most. Every child at the Keumbu Rehema Childrens Home got a pair, and over 70 pairs were given out to students at school. For most of these kids, these are the first pair of shoes they ever have owned.
Many children walk over an hour to reach school, so they were extremely excited to be getting high quality kicks – something they never thought was in their future. Giving the shoes out, helping the kids put the shoes on, and even just tying the laces was an experience I will never forget. When kids start singing and dancing and loving life simply because they got their first ever pair of shoes, it is a little contagious!
It was sad to say goodbye as their time in Kenya has come to end, but they went out in style! Max brought marshmellows from the USA (marshmellows are impossible to find in Kenya, trust me), and on their last night here, Nell and Max taught all of the kids to make s’mores. We built a bonfire, bought sodas, and danced well into the night. Kamau (Nell’s addition to the Arive family, from my last blog post) is doing great and fitting in perfectly with all the other boys.