The public health and educational disparities that affect child brides fleeing from female genital makes my “teacher’s heart” cry out for change. These girls don’t want to get married…they want to go to school. The minute they become a child bride, they lose an education! As a school teacher going on this trip, I have learned that I may not be a public health expert, but my desire to give children a chance to LEARN is what can truly make a difference. This is where I fit in as an educational researcher…I will not second guess myself… but walk boldly in faith that God can use me as an instrument for global educational change.
I have all of my research materials printed and packed. I can’t wait to see the girls and to meet the director of the Girls’ Refuge Shelter in Kenya. The program evaluation that our SCWB team will conduct is a charitable contribution that will serve the TNI Kenyan grassroots organization. It is an honor to serve in this capacity.
I am more honored to travel with Elizabeth. Believe me when I say… I have seen Elizabeth in action at the Charity Red Carpet Event in New York. She shared so many compelling narratives regarding the tragic impact of female genital mutilation (FGM). By the end of the evening, the benefit participants walked away eager to learn more about this cause and how we can all help. If you want to read more…visit www.socialchangers.org and go to the BLOG page sharing more about FGM.
Don’t worry…in October…Social Changers without Borders, Inc. will have another event. A wine-tasting and silent auction that will showcase pictures and video from our work in Kenya. When I get more information, I will post it on our Friends of Social Changers website. http://friendsofwaldeninternationalcorp.shutterfly.com/