As I begin sharing with you the next part of our trip, I immediately think about my team. By the time we reached the Olmalaika Home, we were eager to see the 37 beautiful girls who live there. It was actually the first stop since we had landed in Kenya two days earlier. We'd acclimated to our surroundings, went on our first safari to see the unbelievable wildlife at the Masai Mara, rested a little and now were eager to bea part of the Olmalaika initiative who protects, educates and sustains girls who have been victims of FGM and or childhood marriage.
As we arrived, I watched the volunteers, my fellow like-minded travelers, step out of the jeep and meet the girls. It was no different than meeting children at a school in the United States, except these girls had much more to battle, and yes, much more to be thankful for. My team right away began friendships, especially Devan, our 17 year old who had come with her mother. The connections were instantaneous.
I am so proud to know Kim DeWitt and now Kumunge, her partner in Global Village Ministries who have managed the home, grown the awareness and saved the lives of these young women.
We were given a tour, what a difference from the last time I was here. They have planted a garden, built a guest house for people who come to volunteer and taken in almost 10 more girls. The girls showed us how they do bead work, they sang for us, and they told us they are happy and blessed to be at the home. The thing that is needed most, as is always the case with charities, is dollars to sponsor the girls. It takes $1000 per year for each girl to get educated, have medical services, food clothing and housing. LEARN MORE
Thank you Olmalaika Home for all you do. We are glad to be able to support you through telling your story, reaching funders, and traveling to you so Women Like Us can learn first hand, on the ground, of your work.