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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Economic Development, Humanities, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Religion, Religion-Related

Mission: Rescue children from extreme poverty and embrace them in a loving environment where they are given an education, encouraged to dream and empowered to lead.

Results: This year, we have educated over 500 children, created a sustainable agricultural program, and built six new staff homes.

Programs: A Kindergarten through 12th grade school, sustainable agricultural program, medical clinic, small businesses launched in the community.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Visiting Heroes of the Nations in Kenya has been the most impactful moment of my life. This organization is transforming Kenya by taking the most vulnerable humans in their society - orphans and transforming them into heroes. The students are provided with food, shelter, education, love and safety. The teachers truly believe in their students which allows the students to dream of becoming anything they want - doctors, pilots, business owners, etc. When you can make someone believe in themselves, then nothing is impossible. I will continue to support this organization - not only verbally but financially because I know that every dollar that I give goes such a long way. Seeing the kid’s lives being transformed is worth every penny.

1 Timothy S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I traveled to heroes of the nation on a missions trip in March of 2017. The impact this place had on me caused me to view the world around differently.
If I'm not mistaken, the majority of the children in the orphanage are there because their parents have died of AIDS. I believe they have close to 600 children present at this orphanage, and you would think that having that many kids in one place with that much heartache would be a sad place to be. It's the opposite. These children are not down on the dumps; yes, they will work through pain, some for a short time and some for a lifetime. But, in the midst of the hurt these children have vision and passion unlike many kids I have ever met.
Heroes of the Nation is a place where these children are invited to stand back to their feet, to have someone believe in them, to receive an education, and to look into their futures with hope and destiny and ask their hearts what it sees.
The children at Heroes are receiving proper education, they are developing healthy relationships with peers, they are learning responsibility through tasks and duties they perform there, they are developing their dreams for their futures. Heroes of the Nation is a game changer for the future of Kenya. I was so impacted by one of the children that I am now her monthly supporter. It is an honor to be able to financially support and remain in touch with one of the children. I have the highest regard for this place, and I hope to visit again soon.
I would also like to mention the leaders of this place. I have high regard and much esteem for Weston and Violet Gitonga. Heroes is their dream coming to life. I was wowed by the dream in their heart many years ago to take children in, and to see it today is even more spectacular.
And Susie Thompson makes the magic happen. From fundraising, to bringing in volunteer teams, to organizing, budgeting, and more! This woman serves the Gitonga's well, and has a massive heart for the children.
Heroes of the Nation is a non-profit to get behind. In a world that is often full of discouragement and darkness, Heroes is a bright light for the world to see.
-Tim Specht

Josh T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spent 10 days at HTN. It was beautiful to see the hope each hero carried for their future... which would be impossible without genuinely caring teaching staff and admin.
Staying at the orphanage was comfortable and clean as I was housed in a private room with my own bathroom.
The kids put on a number of skits and songs to honor our visit, which was a great peek into Kenyan tradition.
Overall this place houses a receptive environment to spread your love among the kids, it will not be wasted when given to the heroes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We went to Kenya, and meet all the kids (from the school and orphanage) . The leadership of HTN is amazing: they are knowledgeable, super friendly, and lead by example. We witnessed the love to Jesus to so many people and made lots of new friends. It was the perfect trip.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This last spring I was privileged to be part of a team going down to Heroes of the Nation in Kenya to serve the organisation and the children. It has been a wonderful and live changing experience. It was beautiful to see where the kids came from and how transformed they have been now. On thing which really stuck with me is how all the children asked me: "What is your gift, what is your talent?" I was impressed by their great ability to ask good questions and then they told me:" I am good at loving people and I want to become a nurse!" others said:" I am good at Math and want to become a teacher" "I am great in drawing and designing and want to become a fashion-designer".... There where so many beautiful dreams. I loved to see who they really are able to dream again by being in Heroes, they are able to look into a great future now, and the teachers and staff team in Kenya is doing such a great job in planting identity and dreams into the children hearts! Not only are the children receiving a great education but also are able to recover form the vulnerable state which they are coming from and finally get their basic needs met, like food, shelter, belonging and love!

Donor

Rating: 5

Heroes of the Nation is doing an outstanding job taking kids off the streets and out of the slums and providing them with all they need spiritually, physically and emotionally to succeed in life. They invest in the children and are raising them into leaders who know who they are and what they carry! It was an amazing visit and can't wait to back again!

Donor

Rating: 5

When I stepped foot on to Heroes of the Nation, the welcome was like nothing I had ever experienced. I imagine it is a foretaste of what it will be like to be welcomed into heaven. All I could see was beautiful, smiling faces pressing close to our van, singing songs of welcome, eager to share their love with us. When we exited the van, it was to arms held open for hugs and more joyful singing and rejoicing with dance. The children in this school and orphanage are not just taught mathematics and grammar, they are trained to know they are valuable. They have confidence and know they have identity as children of God. They are not just fed physically, it is evident that they are being nourished with the knowledge that they are loved, special and important. What a joy and delight it was to visit Heroes and to be able to partner with this amazing ministry.

Riesa P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heroes of the Nation is impacting the lives of countless children and the whole country of Kenya. I've never met children who were so loving, intelligent, and filled with such vision to improve their country. I met one girl who is studying to be a lawyer so she can work to end corruption in her government. I truly believe Heroes is raising up Kenya's future leaders!

Justus M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit changes lives. I have never seen the children more happy, loved and hopeful for their future. Giving every child at heroes the opportunity to be successful leaders, is changing the future of Kenya.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I went to Heroes of the Nation in 2012 and really loved the orphanage, the children and the staff. What a neat organization doing an amazing work! Wow. My family has sponsored a child for the past three years and we always look forward to his photos and letters. I highly recommend HTN to anyone interested in sponsoring a child. I really feel like my gifts are going to make a positive difference - and I have a confidence knowing that 100% of my gift goes directly to the kids in Kenya.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A first went to Heroes of the Nation(HTN) as part of a school trip. I've been to a few orphanages in the developing world before but was simply blown away by how unique HTN is. The kids have such a joy and sparkle in their eyes. It's obvious that they are not only loved and taken care of, but also very secure and confident. It brought me to tears hearing the stories of how these kids wanted to grow up to be presidents, lawyers, teachers, and pilots to change their nation. The education the kids were receiving seemed excellent as well and the kids were all very proud of their high marks on exams. As a volunteer my life was absolutely changed. I became close friends with many of the children and still stay in touch with them through letters. Our team had numerous opportunities to serve the kids and staff as well as just connect with them and love on them. I highly recommend going to HTN.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the pleasure of interning with Heroes of the Nation. This organization has forever changed my view on the model an orphanage should have. Heroes of the Nation is changing the way children in Africa see themselves and how they can impact the world. This organization is shaping the future of Africa and the world. As an intern I have been able to read the letters hand written by the kids to their sponsor. I have been so moved by testimony of how transformed these kid’s lives have become because of Heroes of the Nation. They have written saying that once they had no future and no hope but that since coming to Heroes of the Nation they see hope and a future for themselves! I can only imagine what would happen if all orphanages around the global would model what Heroes of the Nations does. The world would be forever changed.

Donor

Rating: 5

Heroes of the Nations powerfully impacts children's lives and changes them forever. Not only do they care for the physical needs of children in Africa, but their vision is to raise them up as leaders in their country in every part of society. When I began supporting a little girl three years ago, Heroes helped me feel so connected to her. It was such a joy to be a part of her journey and see how something so simple could change a child's life forever.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited Heroes of the Nations orphanage in the spring of 2009. I was very impressed withe staff, the school and the kids. The kids had been taught that they were the heroes of the next generation and they did not see themselves as orphans.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to visit the HTN campus in Nyahururu in June of 2011 and was mightily impressed! The selflessness, and commitment to the kids by Weston, Violet, and all the Heroes staff is amazing. They are always looking to the needs of the kids first and provide such a loving environment for the growth and education of these kids. They truly beiieve and work to instill a sense of destiny and excellence in these kids, leaving behind the things of the past and moving them forward to become heroes! I was also very impressed with the many practical ways that Heroes as developed to achieve the goal of self-sufficiency. Their efforts in agriculture are particularly notable such as the new green houses, the corn grinding mill and chicken incubators. I look forward to see how the lives of these kids will impact the nation of Kenya and beyond!

Andrew40

Board Member

Rating: 5

In 2002 I went to Kenya with the intent of starting 'a new paradigm in orphan care'. We called it Heroes of the Nation. Going into our 11th year, I believe that we have accomplished that goal. HTN takes houses, educates, trains and loves over 500 children at risk. To visit the Heroes of the Nation campus is to see the 'happiest place on Earth', in that these children know they are loved and are being given the tools to not only live productive adult lives in their future, but to be part of changing Kenya for the better. They have a heart to 'give back' the love and help they were given. Our 4 pillars are 1) a strong and healthy identity, 2) an excellent scholastic education, 3) a vision for 'self sufficiency', and 4) a heart for social justice. I am amazed that a simple vision is now a reality that affects a nation. We have an amazing staff in Kenya and the USA, that no words can express my pride in them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe in the work of Heroes of the Nation. When I volunteered with HTN, I felt that I wasn't just promoting an organization but that I was becoming part of a movement. It was important for me to see the faces of the children whose lives I was impacting. I knew that my efforts were making a positive change for their futures. These children will become leaders because of the practical skills and loving encouragement they receive on a daily basis.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first visited the foundation's Heroes of the Nation children's home and school in Nyahururu, Kenya in 2005, and have been back twice more (most recently in October of 2012). The 500+ children are well-cared-for, and very happy and hopeful. Violet Gitonga (Mum) is an extremely competent leader, ensuring that the children receive a superior education and live in a caring, supportive atmosphere. The Home is working on several self-sufficiency programs, which I feel is crucial to their long-term sustainability, and provides me as a donor with confidence that they recognize the importance of ensuring their own future rather than trusting wholly in Western donors. I am so happy to know my donation dollars are contributing to the formation of future leaders in Kenya, and working to develop a children's home model that can be emulated throughout Africa.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I visited their Nyahururu, Kenya children's home in March of 2010. We were totally impressed with the HOPE that the children carried. They applied themselves to their classroom studies and demonstrated their intentions to earn their rightful destiny as leaders of their country, community and in their chosen professions. We talked to many of the children and learned of their aspirations to become doctors, lawyers, politicians, teachers, nurses, dental assistants and occasionally we heard things like airline pilot and rock star. These kids are grounded and thriving in the environment provided for them through the leadership of Violet Gitonga and her team of professionals. We heard that their school was earning academic scores that ranked in the top 5% of the national results. We certainly saw the desire and dedication for each child, each of whom came from the most dire of situations, most often where there were no surviving family members. As we got to know many of the children more intimately we could see they are filled with hope and enthusiasm for their future; their destiny.
This organization is transforming today's underdogs into the leaders of tomorrow... and they are doing it better than anyone else we have seen!

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the work of Heroes of the Nation in Kenya. Heroes of the Nation has given Africa an example of how orphans can be adopted, educated and trained to lead Kenya and Africa in the future. I am so impressed with their focus on education and training future leaders. I love that they have protected the futures of these Kenyan children. Heroes of the Nation has an understanding of self sustaining programming that is rare. They have inspired me as I work with overseas projects to create systems that truly empower children to serve and to lead. They have given these children the gift of a future that is filled with great expectation and understanding to lead peaceable and prosperous lives. And, they have given Africa a model of children who are growing up whole, protected and empowered. My hope is that the work of Heroes of the Nation is replicated all through out Africa. Anne Kalvestrand, Director of the Art of Peace Institute