The Incredible Story of How Ninja and his Twitch Community Helped Save Orphanage in Africa From Closure

Calum Patterson

If you have been on the internet in the last six months, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Ninja – the former esports professional turned ‘Fortnite’ streamer who has become one of the most recognized names in gaming.

Ninja, real name Tyler Blevins, played Halo competitively for many years alongside his live stream on Twitch, but recently retired to turn his attention fully on streaming, and parallel to the meteoric rise in Fortnite, he has become the undisputed number one streamer.

With that growth comes money, that is no secret, but what you may have heard less about is his charitable work.

To name but a few, Ninja has in the past done charity streams to raise money for Suicide Awareness, children’s research hospital St. Jude’s, and most recently his merchandise which donates the profits also to St. Jude’s.

But this latest charity story with Ninja may be the most impactful yet, after he helped raise the money necessary to protect an orphanage in Tanzania from closure.

Pairing up with charity Global Empathy Now, a charity which focuses on orphaned children in the country and runs an orphanage in Tanzania, Ninja raised the money necessary to build a secure perimeter around the premises.

The construction of this wall prevented the orphanage from being closed down, and the children being forced back out into dangerous circumstances.

About The Author

Calum is Dexerto's Managing Editor, based in Scotland. Joining Dexerto in 2017, Calum has years of experience covering esports, gaming and online entertainment, and now leads the team to deliver the best coverage in these areas. An expert on all things Twitch and gaming influencers, he's also an expert in popular shooters like Apex Legends, CS2 and Call of Duty. You can contact Calum at