Light Home of Hope (Partner: Light Uriri)
Through the partnership of Arrive and Light Uriri, the construction of the Light Home of Hope has already begun to provide a holistic and safe environment for the most needy children in Kenya. Through sustainable practices, life skill training, education sponsorship at Light School Uriri and other higher forms of education, and the local natural spring lake which doubles as a giant swimming pool, the children have truly found a home in Uriri. As we expand to welcome more children, the quality of life will continue to improve based on humane and progressive practices which are somewhat uncommon in rural Kenya. Each child is guaranteed a future of opportunities; but for now, we are sure that these children, who used to sleep under cars and in dumpsters and lived without even a single relative, have truly found a home in Uriri. Uriri, located in the Migori County (made up of several tribes such as Luo, Maasai, Luyha, Kuria, Kisii and more), is one hour from the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve, one hour from Lake Victoria (the second largest lake in the world), and 20 minutes from the Kenyan-Tanzanian border. To say that the landscape is beautiful is an understatement!
At the Light Home of Hope, children learn skills that will prepare them for a successful and fulfilling future. Besides being able to overcome addictions to drugs such as glue and opium, the home allows the children to turn their life around. Each child receives a quality education (every child goes to the local primary school ten hours per day, Monday-Friday), and all of the children learn skills such as caring for livestock, planting crops, computer skills, and mechanical training.
For the most pivotal years of their childhood, the former street children had nobody to teach them right from wrong and no role models to look up to. Street children as young as five years old live in dumpsters and under cars. They are forced to beg or pick through garbage to find food, and many are not able to eat for days at a time. Many die because of preventable causes, such as tuberculosis, malaria, or infected cuts. These street children don’t know where their next meal is coming or where they will sleep. These horrific conditions drive most street children to use drugs (including but not limited to: toxic glue, opium, and jet fuel) and alcohol to numb the pain, the sadness, and the hunger. Extended drug use is debilitating to their long-term health and causes many medical problems; even death. All of this changes the moment a street child comes to the Light Home of Hope. To see a few of the kids living at the Light Home of Hope, please click The Kids. Also, check out our Arrive Fit Virtual Brochure!
Childrens Home in Keumbu (Past Partner)
Update: Arrive is proud to announce ongoing financial support of this project by Arrive has ended; our past partner is now completely managing the on-going success of the Childrens Home in Keumbu!
Arrive is committed to helping impoverished children gain a second chance at life. We partnered with our past partner and together, we achieved this by taking orphans from the street and giving them a new chance at life at the Childrens Home in Keumbu. We established the home in rural western Kenya as a place of refuge for 15 orphaned children, but it has since grown. The home is situated on three acres of beautiful, fertile land. Each child sleeps in his or her own bed, goes to school everyday, eats three healthy meals per day, lives a healthy and sober life, and is happy. Arrive and our generous donors financially funded the building of most of the KRCH and now, post Phase 3 of Arrive’s planned withdrawal, the Childrens Home in Keumbu is now fully managed by empowered leaders of the local community!
Both short videos below were filmed and produced as a collaborations between Arrive and our past partner.
Light School Uriri (Partner: Light Uriri)
The Light School Uriri, offering early childhood development and primary education through grade 8, was founded by Jackson Bambo of Light Uriri in 2010. The original number of students was 16. Today, the school boosts a population of 310 students. Among them, many are orphans who take advantage of a school feeding program as they are malnourished if left to eat at their rural homes in the surrounding villages. Unlike most schools in Kenya, Light Uriri strictly bans the practice of caning, hitting, or corporal punishment of any student under any circumstance. The school continues to excel academically and in all of the Kenyan national exams. Light School Uriri not only makes sure that the students are academically stable, but cares for their protection, nutritional needs, sports activities, and wellbeing. As the Light Home of Hope expands, so will Light School Uriri!
Sustainability & The Farm
Arrive and our partner organizations is committed to becoming sustainable (click here for more information, we promise it is worth the read!). This is vital as it reduces operating costs, teaches kids valuable skills, and helps the environment. Past projects include: the children take care of 45 hens that lay eggs for them to eat and five cows that produce milk for them to drink. Goats also produce milk and rabbits can be bred and sold for a profit or eaten for protein. The children harvest crops such as corn, beans, pumpkins, peppers, onions, kale, tomatoes, and more to increase their self-sufficiency. At the Childrens Home in Keumbu, Arrive also financed to build a fishpond, installed solar panels, and leased a plot of adjacent land to harvest more crops on a larger plot of land. Having a working farm, complete with crops and animals, is a vital part of the success of any home in Kenya. Whether it is taking care of a certain animal by getting that animal food and water, collecting the eggs the hens lay, or grazing the variety of livestock we have, each child takes pride in his or her responsibility to increase the sustainabilty of the homes.
A massive accomplishment that we have achieved is our running water project. Another major project is the fish pond (click here as well to see the fish pond update). Check them out by clicking on the links!
“The Farm” consists of: a vegetable garden, rabbits, hens, roosters, goats, sheep, fish, pigs, cows, and more; all with a specific purpose to fulfill. Take a look at The Farm Photo Gallery to see more images from our farm and how the children create a sustainable environment!
For both economic and environmental reasons, Arrive’s partners strive everyday to become more sustainable. Along with “The Farm” (above), the Childrens Home in Keumbu is partially powered by the sun! Arrive uses solar energy, explained more in this blog, to power everything from security lights to the running water system. Besides decreasing electricity costs an being better for the environment, solar energy gives us a more reliable power source (as Kenya Power, the electricity provider, tends to have outages almost daily; ranging in time from 3 minutes to 3 months).
Over just the past year, we have lowered the cost of completely caring and providing for a child, per child per month, by 16%. At the same time, we have supplied the children with more things, including but not limited to: more protein and variety in their diet (eggs, fish, fresh vegetables, etc), an allowance to teach them financial responsibility and as a reward for their hard work, fresh running water which saves then 45 hours per month when instead of having to fetch water they can instead spend more time getting a good nights’ sleep or studying, and more reliable electricity so they never need to deal with the nuisance of long power outages. Looking forward, we have plans to become even more sustainable very soon! More information: http://www.arrivekenya.org/kenyanomics-can-we-harvest-toilet-paper/
Ending Tribal Violence
Arrive is fighting against ethnic conflict in country plagued by tribal violence. Kenya has 42 tribes with 42 languages. One of our goals is to help at least one orphan or street child from every one of Kenya’s 42 tribes. There are already many tribes represented at the homes, including: Kikuyu, Abagusii, Kalengin, Maasai, Luo, Giriama, Luhya and Kuria.
Scholarship / Sponsorship Program (Light Uriri & Past Partners)
Arrive, through our partners, sponsors fourteen deserving students to attend schools of higher education (see this blog for more details). Once graduated from primary school, Arrive looks at each individual student and determines the best path for success. Whether that means secondary school, technical training, or another form of assistance, no child will be left to fend for himself or herself. For more information on our scholarship program, please visit our Donate Page to learn more about sponsoring a student, either at the home or going to secondary school. Also, you can read this blog post and this follow up post to further indulge in sponsorship opportunities!
Street and Slum Support
While we would love to get every child off the street and into school, that is impossible due to the vast number of street children in Kenya. The Arrive team continues to help children still living on the street by buying them meals, taking them to the hospital when sick, and generally looking out for their well-being. Whether that means arriving at night with blankets so the sidewalk doesn’t seem so cold, or buying a child a 10 cent meal so he or she doesn’t need to search through the dumpster for food, Arrive is committed to helping street children who have not yet had the opportunity to join the Arrive family.