I remember the first time I heard Mothers Fighting for Others’ founder Rocky Turner’s voice.Â Her husband Jeff had posted an audio of part of their phone conversation during her very first trip to the girls’ orphanage in Kenya (several years ago).Â I could almost feel her tears on my cheeks as I listened to her sharing her anguish at having to leave the precious girls she had grown to love in just a few weeks.
At that moment I knew that I wanted to be a part of whatever this amazing womanÂ was doing in Kenya.Â At first I longed to travel to Africa and be at Rocky’s side during her visits. But over time I have come to realize that other, younger women like Ashley and Jen are much better prepared and able to join Rocky on these wonderful but exhausting trips.Â My role has been to support theÂ process of founding the non-profit organization and offering my experience and guidance when needed.
But, something has been missing.Â I haven’t had a way to personally connect with our girls at the orphanage…until now.
As part of our Gift of Education program, we are offering “sponsorships” for each of the girls.Â Â I was so excited when I first heard about this potential program.Â NowÂ donors can do more than just write a check.Â NowÂ you will be able toÂ sponsor one specific girl until she graduates from high school.
I am going to sponsor one of our girls too!
While I may not become quite a “second mom” to her, through letters, email and phone calls (if possible) I am hoping to give my love and support in a meaningful way so that my little one will feel she has someone who will always be there for her.
I don’t yet know which of the girls I will be sponsoring .Â The Gift of Education is currently seeking sponsors for our 16 high school girls.Â However, we also have 17 girls who range in ages from 6 years up to 14.Â The thought of sponsoring a younger girl with whom I will have years to care for is so exciting to me.Â MFFO’s is hoping to have this part of the Gift of Education formalized by spring 2010.Â I will be the first in line when the time comes.
And, perhaps one day I too will travel to Kenya and finally have the incredible opportunity to meet and hug all of our precious girls.Â To feel the joy, the love and even the tears in person is still my dream.Â I can’t express how grateful I am to have found andÂ listened to that first telephone call and to have becomeÂ a part of MFFO’s incredible journey.