I sent out this email less than 24 hours ago:
I need your help.
Earlier this year I met an incredible earth angel… a woman who had visited Kenya 12 years ago as a young woman… and who, like so many, was deeply affected by the poverty, AIDS epidemic and tragic circumstances she found there.
Unlike so many however… she did something huge. She started an orphanage and school, and has supporting it ever since. Jacinta is one very special soul… I love her heart, her guts and her big laugh.
Jacinta, on the right, at this year’s Shining Academy conference
I was just talking to her a couple of days ago. And her stories had me crying. There is an ever growing need for this service as parents die from the AIDS epidemic and leave behind so many helpless orphans. Her orphanage and school will continue helping as many as they can.
When I asked her what we could do to help, she said:
“We need water. The drought has worsened and we need to make 12 trips a day to a place several kilometres away just to get enough water for the children. If we could drill our own bore, we’d be able to have our own safe water supply.”
“There’s no such thing as other people’s children”
So I thought:
This is what we need to do. We need to get the children water before 2017 begins. These children have already been through so much. Jacinta has already pushed so hard to make them a safe, supportive home and school so they can rise out of poverty. The least we can do is get them some water!!!
Jacinta has gotten quotes… it will cost them $5,000 free for safe, clean water.
I’ve just donated half of that. I need your help to fund the rest.
Let’s make miracles happen together.
I love you,
P.S. Honestly… reading about this is such a huge wake up call. There’s so much to complain about in our developed world (Christmas dramas, Trump, NBN, traffic, the line at the shops)… I know I do it…
And then to remember that so many of our sisters and brothers don’t even have access to drinkable water, the nectar of life.
“Water pathogens are a huge health problem in Kenya, as the people have been left unprotected against regular epidemics such as cholera, typhoid and parasitic worms. The rate of exposure is extremely high because the water is not only contaminated where water is collected but the containers are almost always second-hand, often previously used for oil, fertiliser or house hold waste.”
My team are so beautiful… they were the ones answering all the emails…
they got so behind it… and before we even hit our goal, one of them said:
I laughed it off… I loved how big she was dreaming… but didn’t believe it could happen…
I asked… you made miracles happen…
Within just a few hours… I shared this update…
I called her this afternoon. She was sitting in the cool dark of her house, breastfeeding her tiny baby. “We did it”, I say. “We bought a well!” Jacinta is crying and laughing and so am I. The orphans at Suluhisho Children’s Village in Kenya will at last have clean water. Life changing. World changing. It only took us a couple of hours… but we have changed the lives of so many forever.
I asked Jacinta how we could keep in helping. She shared she had another weight on her shoulders – over $4,000 in school fees for the year due in a week for all the children in the orphanage.
This mama may have given birth to just two children, but she is a mama who takes care of so many more. Even with a wee baby on her lap, she is taking care of motherless children a world away.
We’ve already nearly halfway to paying all their school fees. Can you help take care of them all?
Thank you for your big, wide, generous, loving hearts. It feels so good to give. It feels so good to be a mama to them all.
I love you all.
We stayed up that night… me and Jacinta…
I told her I wouldn’t go to sleep until we’d paid for half the school fees for the coming year.
It’s the least we could do.
And so, in a tired fit of delirium, I started live streaming song requests.
People could donate and either:
- Get me to stop singing for a few minutes
- Request me to sing a special song dedicated to them
- Have their website and business spruiked online for a few minutes live by me
- Have short raunchy stories written about them and Colin Firth.
I obviously am not kidding about any of this.
It was the fucking weirdest charity telethon EVER.
By the time I went to bed at 1am, we had paid for half the school fees.
I know both me and Jacinta were both in a delirious, weepy, delighted state.
I woke up this morning.
The first message I see is from my team:
I cry. I text Jacinta. We both cry.
Soon, she sends me photos.
The children at the orphanage have been told the good news.
There is celebration there today, a whole world away.
The children are dancing and smiling.
Fresh, clean water is coming. A whole new school year is paid for, stretching forward before them, filled with hope and possibility and education.
The staff are beside themselves:
Jacinta said her heart can rest now. The children can go to school. The children will have fresh, clean, safe water. The staff won’t need to do 12 trips a day to get water. They can concentrate on the important things: taking care of these beautiful kids and giving them the very best start in life possible.
Please know: Suluhisho is still gratefully and delightfully receiving further donations.
Every cent goes to funding the orphanage and school. Suluhisho is a tax deductible charity organisation registered in Australia.
It feels SO damn good to finish 2016 on a high note like this…
For so many of us, 2016 has been such a grab to the pussy. For me, it feels like saying:
I will not let 2016 define me. I will keep on making miracles anyhow. I will rise, I will rise, I will rise.
Thank you for making this miracle with me.
You are such an incredible tribe of soul sisters.
Big love + overflowing heart,
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