The 2012 Roberto Clemente Award winner, Clayton Kershaw, arrived in Lusaka, Zambia earlier today with his wife Ellen, and 21 of their closest family and friends to witness the opening of Hope’s Home. Hope’s Home is an orphanage built with the help of Kershaw’s Challenge, and is named after a young girl the Kershaws met on a previous trip to Zambia. Hope, 9 years old and HIV positive, captured the Kershaw’s hearts and her story has inspired them.
On Thanksgiving, the Zambian government approved the first 8 kids to move into Hope’s Home. These children are experiencing running water, electricity, flushing toilets and sleeping on a mattress for the first time in their lives. More importantly, they now have three house mothers who provide three meals a day, administer HIV medications and just simply, care about them.
Today, the Kershaw Team of 23 arrived at the orphanage, and were greeted by eight smiling faces and big hugs from the children who have been rescued from the most dire living conditions. The day was spent meeting the children, touring their new home and garden of vegetables, playing games in the backyard, and unpacking 46 large suitcases and trunks full of donated household and school supplies, clothing, shoes and more.