A Word From Our Founder
I was fortunate enough to have a career as a professional ballerina before falling in love with East Africa. Professional ballerinas, like athletes, have an in-season and off-season and in 2007 I was itching to use the off season for something purposeful and productive, so I set my sights on exploring what intrigued me about Africa. My co-workers and I choreographed two live in-studio performances to raise money for airfare, expenses and as a way to help support the needs of those I was about to meet.
I spent nine weeks living with my host parents, Mary and Peter, in the slum of Ongata-Rongai. Every day I would walk to one of the two day schools that Mary had founded for the vulnerable children in her community. As I assisted the teachers, poured porridge, washed dishes and played in the dirt, I learned stories of the children I was falling in love with.