The Mighty Acorn Foundation was founded in 2013 by David and Denise DeMarchis. Their mission; to help rescue children living in unimaginable conditions. The idea for the foundation was sparked by visits that Denise, David, and a team of friends and family made during November 2012 and February 2013 to Kenya. For the past six years the foundations primary focus has been centered on impacting the Kipsongo Slums of Kitale, Kenya. The Kipsongo Slums are home to several thousand children who live hopelessly day after day, searching for food, searching for love.
After witnessing firsthand the dismal conditions of the slums and the thousands of children who, by no choice of their own, are forced to live in houses made of mud, plastic, and cardboard, Denise and David decided to step in and help. They believe that while everyone desires to help make a difference in the world, figuring out how to do so is not easy. One of the goals of the Mighty Acorn Foundation is to bridge that gap and to allow giving hearts to help make a dramatic impact from across the world. Through this foundation, the hope is to save children, one at a time, from the dead-end life they endure when they are forced to live in the slums. While general monetary donations are always accepted and appreciated, the Mighty Acorn Foundation's ultimate goal is to connect one child in the slum to one open-hearted family here in the USA.
This connection will take place in the form of sponsorships where the donated funds will go to serve that specific child, and only that child. The sponsored child will be able to attend school, live in a loving and safe children's home, enjoy three meals per day and clean water, receive medical treatment, and most importantly, find their hope. The Mighty Acorn foundation believes that the connections and bonds made between the sponsor and child can and will impact that child's life forever. The foundation utilizes letter writing, social media, video calls, and bi-yearly sponsor trips to help create these lifelong connections. By giving these children the necessary tools to survive, along with love and encouragement to believe in their dreams, we are confident they will change their communities for generations to come. These children are a generation of hope, all they need is the spark to ignite their fire.