In December 2012, the first 8 children moved into Arise Home and their lives were forever changed. These children came from the most poverty-stricken compounds in Zambia. They went from living in city dumps, in tarp tents and on the streets, to having their own bed, three nutritious meals a day, and a family who unconditionally loves them. After two full years of living in the house, these children are thriving. They are a family in every sense of the word. We see the Lord so evidently at work in their lives, and by His grace, these children will grow up to be the change Zambia desperately needs.
There are still hundreds, if not thousands, of children from the same compound and in the same living situations that the Arise Home kids came from. Our goal is to give many of them the opportunity to break out of the poverty cycle, and have a greater vision for their future. Therefore, in 2013 we partnered with Destiny Community School located in the heart of Matero compound. Hundreds of children attend school there, and thousands of people pass by their building daily. We built additional classrooms for them so that they are able to create a more intimate learning environment for their students.
We believe that providing these children with a more private school education will expand their vision of what they are able to accomplish. A portion of the 2013 also went to hiring highly educated, private school teachers and building a water well on campus so that clean, abundant water can be readily accessible.
In 2014, we decided to dream BIG and consider a second children’s home with Arise Africa. Now that the land has been purchased, we are ready to move towards building. 2014 was also our first year of partnership with CURE International. We joined their unparalleled work of healing children through life-altering surgeries. Kershaw’s Challenge provided the resources for 170 surgeries and new medical equipment.
In 2015, we were able to raise enough funds to completely cover the cost of the second children’s home. Lord willing, it is scheduled to open in late summer 2016. Zambia was the original heartbeat of Kershaw’s Challenge. We are grateful to God for the important work of our friends in Zambia and the opportunity to make their efforts possible.