Our Journey

Open Arms International was founded in November 2003 in order to meet the immediate needs of orphaned and abandoned children in Eldoret, Kenya who were suffering from a wide variety of life-threatening diseases.


Open Arms International formed with one main goal... To enable orphaned and abandoned children to reach their full potential, so that they might become future leaders and ultimately change their country for the better.


As the needs of the local area have become more apparent, the growth and diversity of the work has exceeded our expectations and many more lives have been impacted by the work.


This is the highlights of our journey so far….


52 acres near Eldoret, was identified, purchased and dedicated as the site for the Open Arms Village.


Received Kenyan government approval to found an orphanage​.

Welcome the first 18 orphaned or abandoned children & housed them in existing buildings on the site.

The feeding program for 100 children was established in the Kambi Teso slum of Eldoret, Kenya.



Added 11 more orphans including 2 babies to the Open Arms family.

Launched Open Arms Pre-School.


Open Arms Academy opened for pre-school through fifth grade.


Received 18 more orphaned children. 


Children were moved into the newly constructed family homes and 2 more children's homes built.


Guest Houses built for western volunteers and visitors.


Opened the newly constructed Baby Home for infants and added 17 more orphaned children, including 10 infants, completely filling the new Baby Home.


Completed construction of a 5th children's home and a playground and began building a 6th children's home.



Increase Open Arms Academy to 130 students, both from our Village and the surrounding community.


81 children living in the Open Arms Village.

Open Arms’ feeding and mentoring program in the Kambi Teso slum expanded to 180 children.


Built three new children's homes.


Began construction on our Medical Resource Building.


Sent over 80 team members to Kenya on mission trips and provided prayer and medical care to over 3,000 people in Kenya.



Employed and training a large Kenyan team medical team.


Self-Sustainability programmes continue to be developed. A new bakery and fish farm are built, livestock, chicken, fruit and vegetable farms are expanded.


The children are taught an increasing variety of skills – from sewing and knitting to silo construction and farming.


Completed a new pre-school in the Kambi Teso Slum.


The number of children at the Village increased to 106.


Completed construction on our baby home in the village, increasing the capacity by 50%.


Welcomed over 160 team members to Kenya.


Treated over 5,600 people in our medical clinics.


Fed between 300-500 children in our Kambi Teso feeding program.


Expanded our Open Arms Family to 110 orphaned and rescued children.