Mission and Vision
Open Arms International is an international humanitarian and development organization dedicated to raising children in Africa and India orphaned by AIDS, civil warfare, disease or other tragedy to reach their full potential. OAI also works with families and their communities ravaged by poverty, disease and injustice so that they might have hope for a brighter future. OAI serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, tribe or gender. OAI was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Portland, Oregon with affiliate offices in Manchester, England and Eldoret, Kenya. The organization currently serves in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Mozambique and India.
Our mission is to provide relief from physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering through medical expertise and Christian ministry.
Our vision is to transform Africa, one life at a time.
We are Christian. We acknowledge one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that all people are created and loved by God. We believe that Jesus is God’s perfect expression of love to humanity and that we have been called to serve God by loving others as Jesus loves them.
We believe that God has commissioned us to serve alongside the poor, the oppressed, the afflicted and the forgotten, to fight for the cause of justice on behalf of those who are too weak to fight, to love all people equally without prejudice or conditions and to share with all people God’s gift of love and reconciliation available through Jesus.
We believe that God has called us to serve in humility, putting the needs of others before our own.
We believe that God has called us to be good stewards with the resources he has entrusted to us through our donors, workers and volunteers. They are not ours.
We believe that God has called us to speak and act honestly with everyone, everywhere all the time.
We believe that God has called us to have fun; to know the joy and fulfillment that comes with fulfilling his purpose for our lives.
OAI is audited annually by an independent, outside accountant and has received accreditation from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).