Saturday, May 26, 2012

Kenya Help?


Too often, we get wrapped up in our every day lives and focus on just getting through the day.  We get absorbed in our work, we get distracted by the things that need to get done in the house (like feeding our families or making sure they have clean clothes to wear), and we sometimes don't have time to sit down and think.  I mean really think.  I'm talking about the kind of thinking that involves seeing what we do and how we have an impact on the lives of others.

Do we benefit or make a difference in the lives of others? Do we touch their hearts and change their lives forever?

This is the case of Nancy Stevens and the Kenya Help Project.

Read all about Nancy here and check out the video of the Kenya Help Project.


Here's an excerpt from the Kenya Help website:
The children in Ngong, Kenya are mainly AIDS orphans. They are the children who live full time at orphanages, as well as the children who go there each day to eat their only meal. The story of how and why the children are there is a hard one to tell. It is heartbreaking and sad, and at the same time, I am very proud of them to be able to make the choices they did at such a young age. As well, for their parents to know they need to give their child a chance. 

As the number of orphans grows, along with their needs, the children continue to laugh and play, and have dreams for their futures. They all want to go to school, they all want to have a job when they grow up, and they all want to have a family. They are so happy despite their past, and you, the donors, are the ones who are helping to give them a better future. 
I love Nancy's efforts, her dedication, and the tireless hours she has put into the Kenya Help Project.  I cry when I think about all the amazing work she has done.  This woman is so special and so spectacular. The world needs more people like Nancy Stevens.

Nancy's projects for the children in Ngong, Kenya  include:

  • Health and First Aid
  • Food
  • Education
  • Recreation
Nancy's Kenya Help also received the 2011 YMCA Peace Medal.


Another reason the Kenya Help Project has a special place in my heart is because my brother, PJ Lee is heavily involved in the project as well. He has accompanied Nancy to Kenya on a number of occasions to help her film the documentary for her cause.

PJ has received various accolades for his work . He is the winner of the 2011 Innovative Storytellers Award. Forgive me if I sound like a proud older sister, but I am!
After reading all about Nancy and the orphans in Sidai, doesn't that make you want to see what you can do to enrich the lives of others? Kenya Help?

15 comments:

mamawee said...

sounds like a wonderful project! Thank you for sharing it with us!

Bonnie Way said...

You're right that we do need to stop and look around and think once in a while. Thanks for sharing this cause and making me do that. :)

Christine said...

Mamawee:
Isn't it? Nancy amazes me. I cry every time I watch the documentary or read about her project and those fabulous kids! Honestly, Nancy makes me want to be a better person. :)

Christine said...

Bonnie:
:) I know. Every now and then I catch myself getting so wrapped up in the every day things that I forget what it means to really "live", care, give, and "do". Know what I mean? Does that make any sense?

Cheryl said...

That's so amazing!! What a great person to learn about, thank you for sharing!

Multi-Testing Mommy said...

Thank you so much for sharing this with us! We totally need to take a moment to think about how lucky we are!

Ourfamilyworld said...

Thanks for sharing and raising awarness!! Sometimes we are trapped in our daily business that we forget how lucky we are

Just Us Girls said...

What a great organization and cause. Thank you so much for sharing this. The video put tears in my eyes and made me think of what all my family does and what else we can do to help others out there that are in need.

Ashley said...

Wow! I'm so thankful for the people doing the things is this world that I don't have the tools to do! I hear stories like this and all I want to do is go over there, pack up each little kidlet and bring them home with me!

Kathleen (aka Callista) said...

I've not heard of this cause before, thank you for bringing it to my attention.

Canadian Dad said...

It's always beneficial to step outside of the daily woe is me's to help out people who have way less than we do. Kudos to you for doing this with everything you have going on right now! You're amazing!

Christine said...

Cheryl:
Yes, Nancy is pretty amazing! :) I love the work she does. She's got such passion for what she does...and she loves the kids so much!

MTM:
Totally! Too often do we forget. I know I need to step back more often and re-evaluate priorities and make sure we help others more.

Christine said...

OFW:
That's for sure!

JUG:
I know! That video always makes me cry! It was my little brother who put that together :) Proud big sister I am!

Christine said...

Ashley:
I know! I feel the exact same way as you do!!!

Kathleen:
:) I always love hearing about all the great work others are doing. We try to do our best and help where we can. We donate to charities near and dear to our hearts (Mount Sinai Hospital, Sick Kids, Heart and Stroke, etc). We also participate in charity events by volunteering our time, doing baking for fundraisers, etc. Still, I always feel we could be doing more. I admire people like Nancy!

Christine said...

Chris:
Thanks so much for your kind words! I always love reading your comments!

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