Open Arms: Adjusting to Family Life in the Village

Elliot at the Open Arms Village

Elliot at the Open Arms Village

Life has changed dramatically for Elliot Berry since moving to live and work at Open Arms Village in Eldoret, Kenya last February. At 21 years old, Elliot became ‘Dad’ to eleven  boys, rescued from desperate social conditions. Back in UK recently to catch up with family and friends, Elliot confesses to missing the constant noise level of a house full of lively, healthy, boisterous youth back at the village.

Open Arms offers a home, education and that all-important ‘family’ to 82 children who have been orphaned or abandoned. Starting life in some of the most deprived, and often life-threatening situations, once the children are established within the village they flourish in an incredibly short space of time.

Elliot and his new family outside English Lakes built, Grace Home

Elliot and his new family outside English Lakes built, Grace Home

It seems fitting that Elliot is now a house parent in Neema (Grace) Home which was built with £45,000 raised by staff and Directors at English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues. The boys are now settling down into a routine in their new home and fitting in daily chores after their 9-hour school day which includes two hours of sport which they love.

The staff at English Lakes continues their support for the children at the village, each hotel sending monthly contributions to help feed, clothe and educate particular children.

Each child is supported by:

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