I used to lie awake at night thinking, “I have to do something to make a difference in someoneâ€™s life. But whoâ€™s life?Â How and where would I even start?”
I would toss and turn knowing that there had to be a reason for me to be on this Earth other than to consume oxygen. But what was it?Â Donâ€™t get me wrong, I work hard.Â I have a great husband and family, and I love my life. But there needed to be more.Â I floundered around and I investigated different organizations, wondered if I could start my own, but it was all very overwhelming.Â Then I found Mothers Fighting for Others and I knew I found “ITâ€.Â A small grass roots organization that helps the girls of Saint Monicaâ€™s Orphanage. They needed help and I felt like I could make a difference.
After working with Rocky and the other members of the organization, it started to grow to the point where we could see the changes that improved the girlâ€™s lives.Â This was very satisfying for everyone.Â I could see the differences in the organization and the girls. It is becoming even more real for me.
I am going to go to Kenya with Rocky next month to visit the girls on their school break!!
I am so excited and I canâ€™t even begin to describe the feeling. Â I am a little embarrassed to tell you that I already have my suitcase out to start packing. Â As the time gets closer for our trip this April, the more real it becomes.Â I have to tell you at times I become overwhelmed with emotion thinking about actually meeting the girls, our girls, my girls!!Â I know when the time comes it will be full of happy tears for me.
With the help of my amazing friends, family and support group, I will be able to bring dresses, jump ropes, Frisbees, soccer balls and health information for the girls.Â I am fortunate to have so many wonderful people in my life to help the girls have a better and happier life.
It will be a long journey physically and personally for me.Â I am going to keep a journal and take plenty of photographs to share with all of you. Hopefully, that will inspire others to explore how they can help others and make a difference in someones life.
*Audrey Forshey has supported MFFO for over two years now sponsoring two girls of her own and heads the Annual Gift of Education Fundraiser in Washington D.C.