The Beginning
During the fall of 2005, William & Joanne Cala traveled to Kenya. After life-changing encounters with orphaned children, they created a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization called Joining Hearts and Hands, Ltd. The primary goal of this organization is to support educational, health and economic needs of African orphans and their communities by building schools, providing health clinics, sponsoring sustainable development initiatives and building cultural bridges between Kenya and the United States. Initially, the focus was on the Mbaka Oromo Primary School in a small village near Maseno, Kenya.  Joining Hearts and Hands built 6 classrooms, two latrine blocks and established a micro-industry on the school site.  Joining Hearts and Hands’ first community health clinic was staged at Mbaka Oromo, providing health care services to over 600 children.
Additional relationships have been developed with schools in Western Province, near Kakamega, Kenya. Joining Hearts and Hands is building classrooms, latrines, water harvesting systems and kitchens at Lufumbo and Iranda Primary Schools. You can review the progress of these and other projects on our Projects Page.

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