Lives changed, empowered in 2013



The lives of a handful of young Kenyan mothers and their babies took a new turn in 2013, thanks to the love and hard work of staff and volunteers of Imara International. On December 8, at the “Faces of Imara” gala, Executive Director Carol Erickson will tell some of the amazing success stories still being “written” every day at the Imara house in Nanyuki.

At the gala, to be held at Rush Creek Golf Club, Erickson will explain how her vision for these desperate girls is changing their lives for the better, incredibly, less than twelve months after they first arrived at the house in Nanyuki. (She resides there full time, returning to the United States for brief visits only a couple of times a year.)

The first-hand experiences that Erickson will share range from mundane routines of cooking, home schooling, and chores to the heartbreaking situations of young girls who are pregnant or new mothers. Pregnant teens in Kenya routinely lose the support of family, school, and community, regardless of their circumstances. This leaves them with few options other than a life on the streets. This year, Imara International has been able to provide them with a safe home, education, nutrition, vocational training, and child care, in a family-style setting.

Gala attendees will celebrate the joys of the year past, and learn how they can help Erickson, her staff, and Imara volunteers to meet the challenges ahead. The Imara Village capital campaign will be introduced for the first time at the gala. Imara Village is an ambitious five-year vision for a permanent property that will safely accommodate more girls and their children, and enable more comprehensive programming.

The gala will include a dinner buffet, silent auction, live music, a tasting table with authentic African food, and more.

Tickets, priced at $60, are available online from Eventbrite, on Sundays at Messiah United Methodist Church (Heritage Hall), and by mail (for those who received invitations in the mail).