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elevation news Sep 25, 2019

Congratulations to our August winner, Katie Callahan, for her nomination to our Charity Program – “Elevate our Community”!

Katie nominated Oasis for Orphans.


What is Oasis for Orphans?

Without family or home, a Kenyan orphan is often destined for a life in the slums. A hungry, dirty, seemingly hopeless life.

In 2004, intense poverty, sickness, and hopelessness of Kenyan slums shocked two visiting American families. This despair left the families searching for ways to save these orphaned children—only the solution didn’t lie in redeeming the slums.

Oasis for Orphans utilizes a unique model to develop kids in a holistic way

The program gives children hope and molds them into leaders in their communities and for the kingdom. Focusing on the 110,000 orphans in six counties in rural southwest Kenya, the holistic program centers around the physical, spiritual, educational, and social development of the children.

The mission places high value on children’s recognition of their worth and purpose as children of God.

Through a system of care centers, hundreds of children not only have a place to live and eat, but also learn, socialize, and develop. They have a name—an identity—not just a number.

This system tracks and measures holistic care to produce reports on both the children and centers. Every child has goals to help them reach their full potential. Actual data shows improvements in areas like education levels.

By addressing the full needs of the children we promote real change in their lives.

The first care center, the Hill, rescued 11 children from lives in the slums. Of those, four went on to study at university—three of whom are women.

Today, Oasis for Orphans cares for 200 orphans in care centers with hopes of rescuing even more.


Why did Katie choose this charity?

From Katie’s nomination: 

“I chose Oasis for Orphans because I was able to volunteer at the orphanage in Kenya over the summer and met many of the children who live and go to school there. There is a huge need for schooling and housing for children in that area, as many come from extremely broken homes and are unable to attend school. Oasis provides housing and meals for orphans, as well as free schooling for kids who would otherwise not be able to get an education. I chose this charity because I love the heart that Oasis has for the children of Kenya, and I believe that it is so important to help save them from the hopelessness of life in the slums.”


Katie explains her involvement with the charity: 

“I was able to volunteer at Oasis for 3 days over the summer. My team and I helped build and paint bookshelves, paint walls, clear land for a playground, knock down a large well so that more housing could be built, and more. We also got to spend time getting to know the children, reading them books, and playing soccer. It was an amazing experience!” 


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Please congratulate Katie on her nomination for a charity that is able to transform so many lives!



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