In 2009, we were a group of ordinary people united by our common heart for orphans in Kenya. Together, we’d experienced firsthand the abject poverty and lack of family stability that plagues so many children of Kenya, and we could not turn away. After witnessing the stunningly beautiful souls and the amazing promise that lives inside each child, we knew we were called to act, and PROJECT 82 was born.
God makes it clear in Psalm 82:3 that we are to “defend the weak and fatherless.” Kenya is home to 2.5 million orphans, and a child is orphaned there every two minutes. A whole generation of caregivers has been wiped out by HIV/AIDS, tribal conflict and poverty-driven diseases, and communities are struggling to care for the orphans among them.
Project 82 Kenya exists in response to God’s call to love and care for orphans and vulnerable children by nurturing them holistically to achieve sustainable family solutions.
What is our mission?
As servants of Christ, we partner with local authorities and churches to respond to the needs of orphans and vulnerable children by rescuing, stabilizing and equipping them accordingly. We will do this through love and care, counseling, discipleship, empowerment and mentorship in order to achieve a sustainable solution for each child.
How do we accomplish our mission?
We know that a child has the best opportunity to thrive in a family environment. Project 82 is boldly committed to ministry solutions that empower the family and surrounding community to care for the orphans among them.
We meet children where they are. When we find children who live in volatile or dangerous environments, we focus on protecting them and stabilizing their family situation. If a child lacks life’s most basic necessities, such as food, water, shelter and healthcare, we focus on meeting those needs first. We welcome children whose families or communities are unable or unwilling to care for them to a House of Hope, and we care for babies and toddlers – more than 300 are abandoned every day in Kenya – through our infant rescue home.
When communities are united in their commitment to protect and care for the orphans among them, we can focus on projects that drive long-term, sustainable solutions, empowering communities and families to answer God’s call on their lives. Formal education and physical, spiritual and emotional development are key components to the stabilization process.
As we move from stabilization to sustainability, education, healthcare, spiritual development and skills training continue to build the strong foundation for empowerment. PROJECT 82 takes a unique, specialized approach with each community to ensure that the need for relief efforts will eventually be eliminated, removing the area’s long-term dependence on us.
Just because a child begins life with the odds stacked against him does not mean his story is written! Our God is a God of hope, which means PROJECT 82’s commitment to Kenya’s children does not end on the day they turn 18. We desire that our children live independent lives with a strong sense of God’s purpose, promise and passion for them. In this phase, we focus on continuing education, job placement and the integration of families or communities into micro-enterprise programs.