Arise Africa’s partnership with Kershaw’s Challenge began in 2011. During a trip to Zambia, Clayton and Ellen Kershaw met a little girl named Hope who had a very evident need in her life. She was a vulnerable orphan, accustomed to surviving on the street. Ellen and Clayton sponsored Hope in order to provide for her basic needs, but it was clear that she needed more. She needed a safe place to call home.
Every year, Kershaw’s Challenge partners with various non-profits around the world to work alongside them on specific projects to improve the lives of thousands of at-risk children. Since 2011, Kershaw’s Challenge has partnered with Arise Africa to purchase land and build two homes, which house seventeen children in our full-time custody. These homes have radically changed the lives of our fifteen children, enabling them to have a place to call home and a forever family.
In 2016, Kershaw’s Challenge worked together with Arise Africa to purchase land in Ngombe Compound for a school that would one day be called the Arise Christian School, ACS. The school would one day be located in the heart of a community that we are serving. Over the next two years, 15 students in our Child Sponsorship Program would learn in a house that came with the property.
Fast forward to 2018, we are now partnering together to build a one-million-dollar school. Construction is starting soon, and the first phase of building will be focused on the foundations: properly building the land with plumbing and electricity, as well as setting the large water storage stands. Additionally, the first phase will include the building of six classrooms and one toilet block.