Matthew and Kelly Erdman are originally from Texas, USA. They have been married since 2005. They have two daughters, Camille and Tabitha. Prior to moving to Tanzania, Kelly worked as an occupational therapist. Matthew owned his own construction business focusing mostly on remodel work.
In December 2013 the Erdman family moved to Arusha, Tanzania to serve as the on-site directors for a local orphanage, and remained in that position until May 2017. Through this experience, Matt and Kelly gained a deep love and respect for the people of Tanzania. However, they became convinced that even the very best orphanage cannot be a substitute for a loving family.
In May 2017 the Erdmans partnered with Walk In Love. They shared the passion of moving away from the orphanage model of care and embracing a family based model of care for the service of vulnerable children in Tanzania.