Sometimes you hear a story that stops you in your tracks. A story told with such frankness that you can do nothing but sit glued to your chair listening with tears pricking your eyes and a lump forming in your throat. A story that stays with you for long after it’s told.
I heard such a story recently. It was told to me (and a room full of other women) at the Creative Business Women’s High Tea.
Now, I know I’ve been sharing a lot with you about this event lately, but trust me you need to know about this woman and her work.
With a relaxed charm, Sarah told us about her time working and living overseas, a fascination she had with Africa, and how she once had the opportunity to live with a family in Kenya.
I was enjoying her tale reminiscing about my own overseas experience when she took the wind out of me unexpectedly revealing to us that shortly after her return from Kenya she was involved in an horrific car accident where she very nearly lost her life.
I can tell you right now I don’t think I breathed for the next few moments as Sarah described the accident and her injuries. My shock was then transformed into awe when she told us that during months of rehabilitation she taught herself web design and threw herself into establishing a Mission in Action charity in Kenya.
These days when Sarah is not running her web and graphic design business Castle Design, she is managing a charity called Rafiki Mwema.
Rafiki Mwema is a safe house in Kenya for girls who have been sexually abused. When I learned that some of the girls being raped are even younger than my 21-month-old daughter I was horrified.
It is so easy to switch your mind off from the horrors that are happening all around the world, but the reality is they are happening and I don’t want to be blind to them anymore.
So, today I wanted to share Sarah’s story with you in the hope that we can spread the word about Rafiki Mwema and the awe-inspiring work Sarah and her team are doing to help make these young girls’ lives a little easier.
If you are in a position to sponsor Rafiki Mwema you can find details here, otherwise Fat Mum Slim has set up something called letters for my Rafiki. Letters for my Rafiki involves sending a letter and/or stickers to the girls in Kenya. It is a gorgeous idea and brings much happiness to the girls.
Miss Four and I are keen to participate. I have told her about these girls who aren’t as lucky in life as us and she is eager to pick out some special stickers just for them.
Thank you Sarah for letting me share your story.