Goodness, Grace & Gratitude In Our Own Backyard

Kwamboka and An Okari Kid!
Kwamboka and An Okari Kid!

On our path towards launching LOLA™  (just yesterday!) I met the most amazing woman a few towns over, in Andover, MA. Peg Campbell is the super creative and super passionate Executive Director of the Margaret Okari Childrens Foundation, and has rallied a board of women friends who have been supporting the operation of the Margaret Okari School and Orphanage in Kisii, Kenya, a few hour’s drive on dirt roads from Nairobi. It struck me that there are so many organizations with a mission to help others on the other side of the world, and many – like the MOCF – just down the road from us.

They often go about their work quietly and diligently, raising awareness, raising funds and making it possible for people who are often without hope to be cared for and in this case nurtured towards greatness. The over 200 children who were orphaned as a result of the AIDS epidemic, are getting top scores in the country and continent. Not only are they being given food, clothing, shelter, but they are being given the love and attention of Kwamboka Okari and her team – days filled with learning, chores and fun.

A teen volunteer from Andover in Kisii
A teen volunteer from Andover in Kisii

With the help of the Rotary Club of Andover, Peg and her team are building a fresh water well, so the children and teachers don’t have to walk for miles and carry water back – giving them more time for school, for the growing “STEAM” curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), and for helping their community.

Team LOLA™ is exceptionally honored to be working on our first commissioned pendant project with such a successful and inspiring local non-profit – proceeds will go towards programs, and it gives us even more joy to know that the people who support Margaret Okari will now be able to wear the pendants with love. With this beautiful pendant, they are quietly sharing with the world their love of their mission, their colleagues in Africa and of course – the children.

Here’s the Margaret Okari team in NYC last year visiting Birds Nest Foundation!
Here’s the Margaret Okari team in NYC last year visiting Birds Nest Foundation!

Peg’s service is 100% volunteer, as is the case for everybody part of the Margaret Okari Foundation. Peg is a successful communications professional, who until recently was a senior trainer for Philips Corporation. During the time we were working together, Peg got great news – Philips Corporation named her to the Corporate Social Responsibility Team. It’s a dream job – a perfect job – for her – and a huge advantage for Philips, a company doing great things in healthcare and technology, including continuing to innovate in lighting.

 

You can learn more and donate at www.margaretokari.org.