Cornerstones for the future

The Imara International Gala is just a week away, and I can’t wait for the big event! For the first time, I have gotten to be part of all that goes into getting this event planned (usually I am in Kenya).

Redefining mzungu: Sandy’s story

Sandy Skorczewski - Imara International

By Joe Abe Kenyans call Sandy Skorczewski “mzungu,” which simply means “white person” in Swahili. After learning more about Sandy, when I hear mzungu, I think about “perseverance.” In the third issue of Mjumbe Imara, I began to… Read More

PHOTOS: Family day reconnects moms with families

Family Day 2016-001

Family Day 2016 was a great day at Imara. We loved welcoming all of the Imara friends and family to our home. The day was spent reconnecting with family and celebrating the accomplishments of each of the girls and their children.

Tracy Claeys: preparing youth for the future

Carol Erickson and Tracy Claeys

An audience of about 180, many of whom were first-time supporters of Imara International, heard a message of hope for the youth of Minnesota and Kenya at a breakfast event on May 9 at The Metropolitan ballroom and event center in Golden Valley, Minn.

Carol Erickson explains how Imara makes a difference

Imara Sunday 2016

Back in Minnesota from Kenya, Imara International Executive Director Carol Erickson spoke to hundreds at her home church on about how Imara is making a difference, on Imara Sunday, April 24.

Going home

Sharon with giraffes

On Tuesday morning, Kristine, Sharon and I enjoyed our last breakfast with Sophy on her porch overlooking beautiful gardens and more distant woods. It was cool at 7:30 a.m. The warmth of the morning sun was welcome.

The last (pizza) supper

It is Monday and we are back in the Imara weekday mode. We had a number of errands and business stops in town before arriving at the Imara House late morning. One stop caused me to reflect back on the broken door latch that I fixed last week—well, it was fixed for about twenty-four hours.

Green acres

Corn field

Sunday is worship day in Kenya as in many other parts of the Christian world. As Kristine and I sat on Sophy’s back porch before breakfast, we heard the spiritual singing across the river and through the woods to the rear of her property. Sophy is in Nairobi this weekend and will return Sunday evening, so we are in full charge of the house and the dogs. So far we haven’t locked ourselves out or in!

Saturday scrapbooking

Scrapbooking

Saturday at the Imara House is a day of chores: lots of laundry and cleaning. Two of the moms and one matron went to the market in town to buy produce for the coming week. Then they came home to wash, trim, cut, and prepare food for the meals to come. No school today, but early childhood teacher Lydia was on duty to care for the children while moms worked and shopped. Everyone had a chore and every task had an owner—a neat and well-organized system.