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OUR STORY SO FAR...

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Our Founder, Kerry Watson, visited Kenya as a working volunteer in 2007.  She then spent the first three months of 2008 living amongst the communities witnessing many vulnerable children in horrific situations, particularly those in the rural areas who had been orphaned, neglected or abandoned.

Kerry was inspired by the children's resilience and determination to survive, despite the lack of financial support and practical resources from the Kenyan government.  Kerry had a vision to rescue some of them and provide opportunities that would make a positive difference and give hope in their uncertain lives.

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As an adopted child herself, Kerry identified with the difficulties of having no identity and the need for belonging. Her vision and mission was to build a home that could provide not only the basic needs of food, clean water, clothing and education but also a home that could provide love, care, understanding, security, stability, happiness and, above all, a sense of belonging to family life; something which every child deserves.

Early in 2008, Kerry purchased an acre of land from a local family in the rural village of Majimboni, in the foothills of Shimba Hills. With no utilities available including electricity and running water, local communities relied solely on rainwater, underground springs and kerosene lamps.

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Kerry returned to the UK later in 2008 to commence the massive task of raising money to build the home and establish the Footprints Orphanage UK Charity. The journey had begun… and over the next decade, she worked tirelessly with a small fundraising team to raise vital funds with the support of friends, family, and well-wishers. In 2010 the vision became reality when Footprints rescued its first 5 children 

The Footprints Family is a small UK charity that has an evidenced track record of successfully funding and completing its mission and achieving its vision. Over recent years new legislation regarding children in institutional care has changed the way we operate, our new programmes ensures that we are still able  to meet our charitable objectives. These programmes will safeguard the commitments and achievements of the last 12 years but ultimately still continue to make life changing differences to the Kenyan child.

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