Women’s Initiatives: Meeting Anita in Kenya
Meeting Anita was truly divine intervention. When we decided to do back to back expeditions for a month, we had everything planned out for the first team. The projects were set, and we were ready to roll. So ready, that we didn’t plan the second expedition coming a few days after the first one. This was a big problem. We had 6 moms and 7 kids going on that trip!
A few weeks before the trip, Moses said, “In the fall we should go to Bomet.”
“Where’s Bomet?” I asked.
“It’s in the next county,” Moses replied.
I didn’t think anything beyond that, and later in the week my housecleaner mentioned that her friend in England worked in Kenya, and she should connect us. I ended up talking to him and asking him where he worked in Kenya.
“I work in Bomet,” he responded.
Hmmm. That’s two, right? Don’t these things come in threes?
I reached out to Heather, who had been on my very first trip to Kenya in March 2015, and said, “Gut reaction. Are we going to the Mau Forrest, or to Bomet, on the second trip?”
“Hang on,” she said.
A few minutes later, she said, “When we were in Kenya last year, a woman messaged me and asked me if we would come and do a project in her village. She’s from Bomet, but lives in Mombasa now.”
“We meet so many people in life, but we connect to the heart of very few. We don’t meet people by accident. They are meant to cross our path for a reason. That is what exactly happened after our meeting,” said Anita.
Choosing the Five Families
Moses and David headed to Bomet to scout out hotels and meet with Anita. She chose five families that could benefit from receiving a part of our Business Box for Families program. Those families included
Facity and her five children
Mercy and Vincent
Ivyn and Faith, who were being watched over by their uncle because their parents were diagnosed with HIV
Monica and her four boys, two of whom were blind
Julianna and her daughters, Mercy and Faith
Each family had unique challenges that we could address, but first we wanted to meet with them and get to know them. Connection with people is a priority for 100 Humanitarians International.
Anita led us to Facity’s house first, where we met the family, including Facity’s mother-in-law, who cried tears of joy that there was going to be help for her grandchildren. A cow had been donated to Facity, so we walked the cow down the road to her home, and the whole village came out to greet us and sing to us.
It was a really beautiful day, with much love, and we realized that working with Anita would be a huge blessing for our organization.
Four years later, we still work with Anita. She has moved back to her home, and has two beautiful daughters, runs large commercial chicken operations, leads the Days for Girls Enterprise we support in Bomet, and manages all of our projects, including building 200 Garden Tower Systems with families that is funded by The USANA Foundation.