In 2011 Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen had been on a mission trip with Arise Africa to Zambia and had special bond with a girl, Hope. When Ellen met Hope she was 11 years old and HIV positive with nobody to care for her. Arise Africa took full custody of Hope where she began to live with one of our staff members. After returning home from the trip Clayton and Ellen decided to take action and build a permanent home for Hope. This is when Kershaw's Challenge was started and they began to raise funds for the Arise Home to be built.
From 2011 - 2012 Kershaw's Challenge and Arise Africa partnered together to raise close to $300,000 to purchase land and build the home. We were humbled and blown away at the support we received from generous fans and donors! In August of 2012 the home was finished and Arise Africa began to apply to the government to care for children full time. After many health inspections, home inspections, staff background checks and other procedures, Arise Africa was approved to operate an orphanage. On Thanksgiving Day of 2012 Arise Africa was allowed to take full custody of the children listed above. On December 17th the kids moved in to the home. All kids in the Arise Home are fully supported by generous donors in America.
Arise Africa sees many children without parents or guardians and living in terrible conditions. Having the opportunity to take children and put them in our full custody in a loving home is very special. Our hope is to open the home to more children in the near future.