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Heroes of the Nation

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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

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Words cannot describe the beauty of this place, Hero's of the Nation. The children, the teachers, the founders, each and every person there was full of radical love for the Lord and each other. Before showing up I was expecting gloom and sadness but was met with just the opposite; joy and celebration. The children are proud to be at Hero's. They dance and sing, they are receiving an education and learning about Jesus. Not only are they changing the nation of Kenya but their going beyond that through all of Arica. It was the best, most life changing experience.

Petter Johan S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After one visit I fell in love with Heroes. To see the confidence the child is getting is so great. Heroes of the Nation make the future leaders of Kenya!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled to Kenya, to Heroes of the Nation last April for my missions trip and it was so amazing. I went there to try to make an impact on these children’s lives and they changed my life forever. The children were so loving and kind. The staff showed great hospitality and I felt so honored to be there. This organisation really raise up and empower the next leaders of this world, and they do it so well!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Raising up Heros and World Changers! I have had the pleasure of hearing stories and being blessed by all that Heros is doing for Kenya children and beyond. I can’t wait to go myself and learn to love and leave the “Heros” way!

Emily S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently visited Heroes of the Nation Orphanage and my life is forever changed by the impact the staff and children had on me. The orphanage and school is run so well, the children are brilliant! The staff encourage the students to dream and tells them they are the future leaders of the country. The children believe it and fully embrace that call. They are joyful, God fearing, incredible individuals with bright futures ahead of them. The staff took such good care of my team, the food was always amazing, it was clean and so homey. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have been to such an amazing organization!

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!