Brian Ash is giving impoverished children a second chance at life
Ridgefield resident and 2009 RHS grad, Brian Ash is the Founder and President of Arrive, a nonprofit organization that works to alleviate poverty in some of the poorest areas in our world. “Since it is our overall goal to not only help build strong communities in the third world areas in which we work but to also educate people all over the globe, Arrive has created this information source for people to use as a means of learning about the political, financial, developmental and health issues that surround the East African region,” explains Ash.
A graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in Economics, Ash’s philanthropic passion upon graduation. “In 2012 I climbed Africa’s highest peak and the world’s highest free-standing mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro...In 2008 I rode my bicycle from Savannah, Georgia, to Los Angeles, California...somewhere in between I found my passion in Kenya, founded Arrive, and don’t intend on changing my course,” proclaims Ash.
Arrive is committed to helping impoverished children gain a second chance at life. “Partnering with Fariji Volunteers, we are currently achieving this by taking orphans from the street and giving them a new chance at life at the Keumbu Rehema Childrens Home (KRHC),” explains Ash.
Ash and his Arrive team currently care for children from nine of Kenya’s 42 tribes. The children are all treated with malaria medication in the case a child falls ill. Arrive also gives out malaria medication to other members of the village who cannot afford it and are in danger of death.
“When the doubters told me that Arrive would last one month and was just a phase, I kept quiet. When will my work be over? When you can walk around the world and not see a single street child; a single homeless orphan digging through a dumpster trying to find a meal. Impossible you say? I’ll just keep quiet and get back to you a bit later,” says Ash.
Visit www.ArriveKenya.org for more information.