OUR HISTORY

CSA Founders Arthur and Alison Hyde, newly weds in 1962, inspired by Dr. James Robinson, who founded Operation Crossroads Africa to “Build Bridges of Understanding” among young people, set out with 12 others on a summer work camp project in Kenya. Chief Hezron of western Kenya requested volunteers to build a soccer field in the middle of the Hamisi village, and asked his sub-chief Meshack Isiaho to help Arthur, the leader, and his group of Americans and Canadians in understanding the culture. Much intercultural learning took place and lasting friendships were forged. Eventually barefoot children kicked balls and cows grazed on the field.

Meshack Isiaho later taught in an agricultural college, was on the National Coffee Board, and was awarded an honorary doctorate. In 2004, after reading about the HIVAids epidemic in Kenya, the Hydes wrote to long term friend Meshack, asking what it was like in western Kenya. “On my desk I have the names of 200 desperate children who have lost their parents. I would give the rest of my life to helping them if I could find donors.”

He did give the rest of his life! Hydes and Isiahos joined together to pursue his vision. Meshack gave a partially finished building across from the soccer field; Hydes brought some volunteers to work on it, while telling the story in USA, leading to the current not-for-profit Crossroads Springs Africa. Meshack named the school and center Crossroads Springs Institute in honor of the 1962 volunteers. Helen, his wife CSA Founder and educator, said, "These will be my grandchildren.”