Abide was founded by Kelsey Nielsen and Megan Parker. Kelsey and Megan met while volunteering in an orphanage in Jinja, Uganda. While at the orphanage they were surprised to see parents visiting their children and asked why the children were in the orphanage. They were told the children's parents could not afford to feed or care for them.

They wanted to meet these parents in that moment and give them another choice. A choice to keep their babies and stay together as a family. Since 2013 Abide has kept over 1,000 children out of orphanages.