In 2003, Christi Baker, founder and director of Canopy Life, visited Kenya for the first time. She spent six months living in the slums of Kibera, a part of the city of Nairobi and the largest urban slum in Africa. During this time, she fell in love with the people of Kenya.

After returning from this initial trip, Christi knew that God wanted her to do something in Kenya, but wasn’t sure what yet. She tells this story of how God spoke to her through a 7:22 gathering with Louie Giglio in 2006: That night, Kenya was so heavy on my heart and mind that I literally couldn’t sleep. In the middle of the night, I drew out this idea in my journal: a school for children in Kenya, but different. A school that acted like a home, like a family. It was such a huge vision. I had no idea if it was “for real.”