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Open Arms Charity Profile
Open Arms Home for Children is an established non-profit organization registered in South Africa and the United States. Founded by Bob and Sallie Solis of Arizona, the Home provides love and security to children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic in South Africa.
Open Arms Home for Children is committed to raising the children in our care to adulthood. Our model is to place 6-8 children in cottages with a permanent house mother. The children go to pre-school on our property and attend elementary and high school in the local community. We aim to serve the whole child: developmentally, physically and spiritually.
Open Arms Home for Children is a human service organization. As such, our children are served regardless of background, race, economic status or religion. Likewise, our donors come from all faiths and backgrounds, united in simple service to children in need.
Located about 75 km northeast of East London, South Africa, Open Arms sits on a beautiful 70-acre hilltop property. We are currently expanding our capacity to serve seventy children.
God has blessed this project since its inception with caring donors, staff and volunteers. We feel privileged to carry out this important work.
Open Arms Volunteer Information
Volunteers play a critical role in the lives of the children at Open Arms. From helping with reading, tutoring a child in particular subject to just being available for a warm hug, we think our volunteers benefit as much as our children.
Our volunteers have come from all walks of life and have stayed for various lengths – some have even extended their stay once they arrived. Others have already made their second trip to Open Arms. Some come as singles, others as a couple or with a group of friends. Whatever the reason or the time, volunteering at Open Arms is a terrific gift.
Volunteers make a difference by giving love and support to our children in so many ways. Some of the things volunteers do include:
Driving the children to school or medical appointments
Chaperoning a field trip to the beach or the movies
Assisting with art projects
Helping with school work
Tutoring kids who need special academic help
Working in our pre-school each day
Helping in our computer lab
Playing every kind of game imaginable!
If you wish to volunteer at Open Arms, please fill out the interest form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. We ask that anyone interested in volunteering must check with us first before planning a trip to Open Arms as well as completing a background check. Depending on the time of year, there might be more opportunities than others. While we like to be as accommodating as we can, we need to the sensitive to what is best for the children. Please also check out our volunteer testimonials and our “frequently asked questions” section for more information. We appreciate your interest and know that you will make a difference for our kids – and they will for you too!