It has been a number of years since several of us journeyed to Kenya and started The Mama Ada Foundation. After spending time in Mama Ada’s beautiful green gazebo in her yard, we came back determined to open a nonprofit organization in the United States.
Thanks to scholarships from The Mama Ada Foundation (since high school), Maurine Lagat (right) was able to recently graduate from Moi University. She is now a Registered Nurse at Alexandria Hospital, thanks in part to Japheth Yegon – another scholarship alum and head of administration at the hospital. Maurine and Japheth no longer lie awake with worry at night – for they have futures of opportunity and hope.
We welcome Stan Tiony to our Mama Ada Village - a village insofar as we are a group of folks who work together to transform people's lives in Kenya. Pictured above left is Stan, as he leads a farmer training.
Often in my daily life, I’m going to the same places, with “my people.” And while I know different sorts of people, I am bound in many ways to similar experiences with others. Yesterday and today and hopefully tomorrow, I am blessed to have food, as one example, as are many of my friends and family.
I’ve had many conversations with my sons, Evan and Ben, about how we each have gifts – not just a special few, but everyone has gifts. Some might have easy conversations with others, some might have the ability to fix a faucet or a motor, some might create beautiful paintings, while others solve math problems with the precision of a calculator.