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BethanyKids is a compassionate Christian mission transforming the lives of African children with surgical conditions and disabilities through pediatric surgery, rehabilitation, public education, spiritual ministry and training health professionals.


Children in Africa with disabling impairments due to medical conditions achieve optimal physical, social and spiritual quality of life through action guided by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


We are a community of surgeons, nurses, rehab professionals, business leaders, social workers and teachers who believe that children matter and deserve the best care possible. Dr. Dick Bransford began performing surgeries in Kenya in the early ‘80s for those on the margins of society, eventually leading him to start BethanyKids as a source of hope and transformation for those he served.

Since that time we have grown to a staff of almost 50 people serving across 6 African countries. Although our programs have grown over the years, our commitment to children’s health remains the same.


You might often see charities referred to as ‘faith-based,’ which could mean different things to different people. For us as a movement our faith defines our identity as well as our practice.

We believe that in Jesus we have the perfected image of love. So in all we do we aim to mirror that same compassionate, sacrificial and unconditional love towards others. Regardless of ethnicity, faith, gender, sexual identity, background or socio-economic status, we serve with love. In addition to defining our approach, our faith also marks our identity as a community.

We are united in our beliefs about Jesus and His love toward the world.

“…be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” (1 Peter 3:8)

As a faith-based organization we are thankful for the countless churches that demonstrate sacrificial love by supporting our work. We operate and serve sacrificially because of the love we have experienced in Jesus.

Alongside other churches we believe in the ancient creeds of the church and affirm the following Statement of Faith.