Join in giving the gift of education
Your donation will help Naomi, a young Zambian girl orphaned at age 6, achieve her dream of earning a Business Degree. Naomi has her college acceptance and will be studying here in the United States. All donations will go directly toward her education and travel expenses.
I first met Naomi in Zambia in January 2017. I spent much time at Ganny’s house, where Naomi lived. I got to know a few of the girls, including Naomi, during my stay. I was impressed with Naomi right away. She was one of four or five who were so welcoming, so wanting to have conversation and prayer with my sister and me. All had hard stories and painful pasts, but they worked hard to overcome, to learn, to achieve more than what they had known. In a country where only 5% graduate from high school, it takes perseverance, hard work, and financial support to be included in that 5%. Naomi is an overcomer, a good student, with much determination and perseverance. She is a young woman who can make a difference in her country, after her education here. I was blessed to see her again January 2019, and I look forward to seeing her state side.
I met Naomi for the first time in 2007 when I attended Camp Life with Family Legacy. She was in my group of kids and we had an instant connection. She was a leader among her peers and so funny. She was always our line leader and often helped me with various tasks throughout the day. After Camp Life finished that summer, I began sponsoring her.
From there I had the opportunity to go to her home and meet her family the next summer. She was also part of my group again and our friendship continued. That summer she confided in me that she was moving to Tanzania and would be living with another family member. She was not looking forward to the move and I was nervous as well because I would not be able to continue sponsorship and staying connected would be very difficult. Ultimately, we ended up finding her a place at Tree of Life where she flourished over the next several years until she graduated from High school.
The following two summers I served on summer staff with Family Legacy and had the opportunity to spend a lot more time with Naomi during my time off. She continued to be a leader among her friends and served in church. She excelled in her studies and I am inspired and encouraged by her drive to continue her education.
From 2007-2018 I had the opportunity to invest in her life and education through sponsorship. I am now so humbled and grateful that others have seen the potential in this incredible girl and want to share in helping her achieve her goals!