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Help a Sister Out?

In 2012, I spent six weeks with the Maasai people in the Mara of Kenya. My time with them was all too short, but the relationships I built there still carry on. At that point in my life I was an elementary school teacher transitioning to a community developer, and my time in the schools formed so much of who I am today.


Photo by Francis Jordan Aho

I particularly attached to this lovely lady. And if anything could be done legally, she would be in my home this instant. Because I’m selfish. But as it stands, she’s thriving in her own community being taken care of by her own people…just what every child deserves. And I’m thankful to be able to support her through a school sponsorship {that never hurt anyone, did it?}.


Photo by Francis Jordan Aho

Diana was born to an Indian man and a Maasai woman. Her father died in an emergency surgery when she was young, and her mother passed away last year. This left the responsibility of her and her brother to fall on her grandmother. I had the honor of sharing chai with this woman in her home, a home where I know she would love to be able to care for her family. Without the means, however, Diana is boarding at Oloosinon Primary School. And I must say, I have the utmost respect for the principal there.

Next, meet my sister Meredith. During her senior year of high school, Meredith put together a project where she taught ladies to sew reusable sanitary pads for the girls at Diana’s school. Her personal trip to Maasai Mara touched her, as well. And now she’s going back.

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Meredith is raising the funds to build new bathrooms for the school where Diana is boarding. You can read more about the project, buy a t-shirt, or make a donation by following this link. Would you check it out? A big chunk of my heart is still with my family in the United States and the kids in Emurutoto, Kenya. I would love to watch this online community go out and love them both!