Joanna exploring Kakamega National Forest with a few of the Arrive kids.
The pathway to the Keumbu Rehema Childrens Home has become a whole lot easier…literally! Check out the hard work of volunteers Joren, Brennan, David, and James to create this stairway to heaven.
The going away party for volunteers Max and Nell consisted of dancing, sodas, a bonfire, and s’mores.
Gathered around a bonfire on Nell and Max’s last night in Kenya.
Volunteers visit a local villager in need of help.
Left to right: Joanna (volunteer), Mama Terry, Me, Pastor Robert, Brian (volunteer)
Volunteers Brian and Travis pose with all the Arrive kids during a game of futbol.
Rachel teaches Claire how to do a pushup. Rachel is a personal trainer in America.
A little hard to see, but the GE volunteers with some of the children during the bonfire.
Left: Joren teaching two of the Arrive girls to play ukulele. Right: Joren injecting a patient at the local hospital.
Joren’s village field selfie.
Mathew paints the outside of the main dormitory of the KRCH.
Volunteers Amy and Yazan go for an evening hike through the Gusii Highlands of western Kenya
Volunteer Mike getting his hands dirty in the shamba.
Two Arrive volunteers relaxing after a day of work, watching a village soccer match under the sunset.
From left to right: Ben, Caitlin, and James.
Volunteer Nell gives all of the Arrive children their first ever towels. All the children shower in the nearby river.
Volunteer Skyler plays soccer with children in Kenya.
Left: Looking down the main corridor with each girl standing in the doorway of her own room. Right: An example of a typical bedroom.
Volunteer Gretta carries clean drinking home from the river.
Left: Teaching the kids the essentials of life – responsibility, integrity, and Mario Kart ’64! Dibs on Yoshi! Right: My first McDonalds in much too long.
Volunteers Rachel and Danielle getting their hands dirty planting kale.
Volunteers turning the “lake” in front of the girls house into a beautful veranda.
Kevin building picinic tables for the kids at home.
Founder Brian with street children in one of Nairobi’s most dangerous slums, Nairobi.
An Arrive volunteer on safari in Maasai Mara.
The “post goal” dance, led by volunteer Brian Shimanksy.
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.
Mark, Kevin, and some of the kids in the fish pond as it is being constructed.
Volunteer Gretta getting her hands dirty and planting flowers.
Volunteers Yazan, Nell, and Amy take a safari with the Maasai tribe of Kenya.
Top: Natalia and the girls making bracelets. Bottom: Me talking to children of the Maasai tribe during a mini safari to Maasailand.
Volunteer Yazan talking with Kisii street children.
Volunteer Andrew helps build a house.
Arrive volunteer Terrance helps to paint the main dormitory of the KRCH, with the help of a few kids.
From left to right: volunteer Ryan, Maasai man Lenny Ole Amponi, volunteer Andrew, and volunteer Skyler.
A collage of the volunteers Arrive welcomed throughout 2012.
One-on-one study time on the deck at home.
Nell teaching the kids how to make s’mores.
Mathew teaching former street children how to play guitar.
Arrive volunteer Jake takes a village selfie.
Mathew and the children perform a song.
Click the photo to enlarge. Starting from the top left photograph going clockwise: Mark and Kevin testing the water oxygenation system that they designed and built, to be water-proof cemented together at a later date (you can see the water already flowing); Mark and Kevin cementing the foundation and walls of the fish pond to prevent pond water leakage; Mark installing the rain water collection gutters on top of the new girls’ house which leads to a holding tank for the pond that will regulate and oxygenate the pond water; the pond’s main drain on the bottom and overflow spillway on the top in case the common equitorial rain storms raise the water level too high.
Left: the puddle during amount of rain. Middle: Joren, James, and Brian building the veranda. Right: The finished project, believe it or not, after a rainstorm.