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!
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.
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.
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.
I give to Heroes of the Nation's child sponsorship program on a monthly basis. I appreciate that HTN operates on a 100% model...I can be confident that my donation will go directly to Kenya and will positively affect my sponsored child. I was able to visit Kenya in 2010 and see, firsthand, the results of my giving. The children had bright eyes and loving smiles. They receive an excellent education while being surrounded by caring teachers and loving staff members. The children are trained to be the next heroes and leaders of their nation. I highly recommend this organization!