On a Mission

About 75 km northeast of East London, South Africa on a beautiful 70-acre hilltop property sits the Open Arms Home for Children. As an established nonprofit organization, registered in South Africa and the United States, Open Arms provides love and security to children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic.

An Aerial View of Open Arms

We are 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 or father. The children go to pre-school on our property and elementary, high school and college in the larger community. We aim to serve the whole child: developmentally, physically and spiritually.

We are 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.

God has blessed this project since its inception with caring donors, staff and volunteers. We feel privileged to carry out this important work.


We host events all year long to support these beautiful children. Come on out and join us!  We are just ordinary people with a shared passion for helping underprivileged kids.



Open Arms’


Open Arms Preschool

8 Open Arms children attending ranging in age from 1–4

Komga Kindergarten

5 children ages 4-6

Komga Junior Elementary School

This school from 1st to 7th grade currently has 23 Open Arms children

Parklands School

Serving children in need of special education from ages 6-18, currently has 6 children from Open Arms

His Hands School

Serving those with developmental delays and serves one of our children

Lilyfontein High School

This high school currently serves 3 of our children

Stutterheim High School

3 students from Open Arms currently attend this high school

Baysville Vocational High School

Provides training and jobs to graduates in a number of vocational areas. 4 Open Arms students attend Baysville

ETA College

This college in Cape Town is now home to the Gwala brothers, our oldest boys at Open Arms

In The Media

Nomination for an Invest in Other Award
See the nomination video here for Bob Solis.

Bob’s Personal Blog
Kept during his 700-mile walk across South Africa

Benilde-St. Margaret’s Crown & Shield Article
An article from 2009 about Bob’s 700-mile walk across South Africa

AZ Giving & Leading:
Open Arms Home for Children

A feature interview by Rick DeBruhl that aired on Arizona PBS

Who Are We?
    About Open Arms
    Origin Story

What’s Happening?

See for Yourself!

    Donation Options
    Opens Arms Angels

Reach Out!
    Contact Us


P.O. Box 2198
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

1 (602) 920-9958


P.O. Box 165
Komga, Eastern Cape 4950
South Africa



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