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Our History









Storm and Sophie were both individually convicted to help orphaned and vulnerable children.

They met shortly thereafter, and quickly realised they both had the same conviction in their hearts. The planning of New Routes started!


Storm and Sophie married and started fundraising for New Routes - Storm even ran 52 half marathons in 52 weeks!

The Lindenberg's moved to Eldoret, Kenya and New Routes Foundation was officially registered as an NGO in Kenya.

New Routes UK (our main fundraising arm) was officially registered as a charity in England & Wales.

In January, we employed our first employee, Mercy Obala, who is our Programme Coordinator.


In May, our first 4 beneficiaries joined our University Programme and moved onto the compound near Iten, Kenya.

In September, our first 4 beneficiaries went to university to study their chosen disciplines. Each of them got into their first choice universities and courses.

In May, we had our first intake of 6 beneficiaries for our Community Programme.


In August, we moved into our new office and student house in Eldoret, Kenya.

Throughout the year, we had 9 interns (8 Kenyan and 1 international) work with us.

In June, we had our second intake of 2 beneficiaries join our University Programme and they moved into our new student house in Eldoret.

In October, we employed our second employee, Eileen Baraka, who is our Fundraising Officer. 

In November, our first student, Ruth, graduated from university and from our programme where she was employed straight away. 

Storm running the first of 52 half marathons


Storm ran 52 Half Marathons in 52 weeks

Mercy on her first day as an employee


First day of our first employee, Mercy

Cooking with the students in our health and wellbeing course


Our first 4 students joined our University Programme

Outreach in the community


Our first 6 students joined our Community Programme

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