In 2008, Rich and Heidi visited the village of Njathaini and saw the worst conditions they could imagine for children to grown up in: poverty, abuse, neglect, and hunger. The village is a dangerous place for vulnerable children and it broke their hearts. They visited Grace Community Education Centre and discovered it was a ray of hope in a very dark place. At GCEC, children are loved, cared for, fed and educated. They knew right away they wanted to partner with Girum, Aster and GCEC and do their part to help feed, educate and change childrens' lives. Rich and Heidi fundraise and visit to help the school and encourage the staff and children.
Rich and Heidi live in Trumbull, Connecticut where Rich is the Pastor of Crossroads Community Church and Heidi is the Children's Ministry Leader.