The Determination of a Girl

Last week, my niece, Parks, hosted a fundraiser at her school for New Hope Initiative, specifically to support our business co-op, Project Biashara. Parks is 8 years old and in the 3rd grade. She got the idea over Christmas when she attended a party for New Hope at my parents’ home in Georgia where Biashara products were sold. The idea led to a meeting with her Principal, support from her teacher, a couple of mishaps from her adult relatives (including me!), then culminated in an elementary school-wide assembly to highlight New Hope and raise funds.
My friends and family keep saying that she’s just like me. Uh…not quite. I would NEVER have planned and executed a school fundraiser when I was 8 nor given a speech in front of 150 kids at my school. Not. Even. Close. She is one of a kind and I keep telling her parents they have something very special in her.
Parks spoke in front of her elementary school, showed two videos of New Hope's work and sold Biashara products to raise almost $1000 for the people in Kibera. Photo credits to TCS.

Parks spoke in front of her elementary school, showed two videos of New Hope’s work and sold Biashara products to raise almost $1000 for the people in Kibera. Photo credits to TCS.

The ladies of Biashara designed two specialty products for Parks' event - a TCS bracelet in the school colors and a Kenya bookmark made with the colors of the Kenyan flag.

With Parks’ help the ladies of Biashara designed two specialty products for the event – a TCS bracelet in the school colors and a Kenya bookmark made with the colors of the Kenyan flag.

For me, it has been humbling to see someone I love so much be inspired by the work that I do and want to help in any way they can. It truly amazes me that NHI would be used to ignite a spark in a young girl to do good and help others.
Meanwhile in Nairobi, the ladies of Project Biashara have been hard at work making lots of great products to sell in the states! They worked most of the month of January and completed our spring line. We have some new designs coming your way soon! As I look towards my last six months with them, I’m working hard to develop the leaders and train them to operate all the new systems we’ve put in place – payroll, ordering process, quality control and general management of the members of our group. Please pray for them as they learn to fully own and take responsibility for this project.
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2 thoughts on “The Determination of a Girl

  1. So impressed with all you are doing. Love keeping up with you through this blog. Thanks so much for sharing your story. Is there a way to purchase the necklaces? They are stunning!

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