Kim Dewitt- “I knew the scars I carried within me could enable me to be a voice for others.”
Women Like Us. Three Journeys. One Mission. To Change the World.
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Women Like Us Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting women’s charitable leadership. Together we’re helping women change the world.
The Women Like Us Foundation has traveled to the Olmalaika Home and spent time understanding the girls’ needs. We have supported the program and provided funds for necessities, such as clean water through a newly built water tank. We will be returning, once again, to Olmalaika Home in June of 2016. To learn more about Kim Dewitt and her mission, visit our website at www.womenlikeusfoundation.org
“As a child I had been exposed to the ways of the Maasai tribe (…). I remember being separated from my family and led into the center of the women and girls. Later being returned with the red ocher painted on my face and beadwork hanging around my neck, I had no idea at that age that all the singing and dancing was really covering up a terrible deed – female genital mutilation.”
“The Maasai girls in Kenya, and girls in general around the world, need a voice and someone who can understand them. I knew then that the scars I carry within me enabled me to be a voice for them. There is a home now in Sekenani, Kenya filled with giggles and hugs coming from 38 little girls. It is called the OlMalaika Home – meaning “angel.” It’s a home for young Maasai girls between the ages of 5-12 that are at high risk of FGM and early childhood marriage. I like to say, “it is a home where little angels dwell.” –Kim Dewitt
The mission of Olmalaika Home is to house and protect young disadvantaged Maasai girls, providing a warm, nurturing environment. The home hopes to guide these young women, to see themselves as persons of value, to foster respect and appreciation for their peers, teachers, leaders, and culture, and to enable them to be a generation of educated, productive, respected and valuable young women.
There is a growing need for medical programs, educational development, additional counseling services, tutoring assistance, and living space. Donations of all sizes are welcome. Even the smallest amount can make the difference in someone’s life.
By: Sommer Bannan