Arise Africa has been proud to partner with Clayton and Ellen Kershaw through the Kershaw's Challenge Campaign every year.
Through the past years Arise Africa and Kershaw's Challenge Campaign has raised over $500,000 to help fund the Arise Home and improve Destiny School. This partnership has helped purchase land, build homes and classrooms, drill water wells, and fully furnish schools and the Arise Home.
As our partnership continues, Kershaw's Challenge helps keep the Arise Home running with donations for improvements and medical funds.
In December of 2012, Arise Home opened its doors to the first 9 children who now call this place their home. These kids had been malnourished, under educated and abandoned. Their story is now vastly different. However, there are still so many children in that same situation who need our help.
For the 2013 season Arise Africa worked with Kershaw's Challenge for a "Back to School" campaign. We worked to raise funds to go back to the community school and compound that was once the home to some of the 9 kids who are now living in Arise Home. Although we cannot provide the thousands of children living in horrible conditions with a home, we can create an enriched environment at school for them to feel safe, educated, and empowered. In January of 2014 Arise Africa received a $200,000 check from Kershaw's Challenge from the fundrising efforts of the 2013 baseball season. Arise Africa immediately started to build classrooms and drill a water well at Destiny School. Our goal at Destiny Community School to provide their students—who are mostly vulnerable children on the streets—with a higher level of education in a more intimate environment. Together with Kershaws Challenge, we have identified three specific needs to help Destiny.
Stay tuned to hear about our 2015 Kershaw's Challenge partnership!