About When I Grow Up
In early 2006 a group of people from California traveled to Nairobi, Kenya and saw firsthand the devastation caused by poverty and disease to the thousands of children scraping out an existence in the slum of Huruma. We had seen it from a distance and had read about it, but to see it and smell it – changed us.
Within a few months of walking the streets of a desperate slum where extreme poverty trapped thousands of people, we had formed a non-profit organization that would reach and help children around the globe. It would partner with local organizations led by reliable and effective indigenous leaders who could use the resources we could bring.
We called it When I Grow Up because it centers on giving children a different future, a future that involves hope, a future where their dreams can be reached. It involves giving them life and enabling them to grow up and fulfill their dreams.