September 2, 2014
"Grandmothers are very important women are very important in Africa," said Dale Johnson, Founder of The Helen Project International Inc. "They are the backbone of the community. If you empower a woman, then you empower a village."
That is the very notion that inspired Johnson to shine a light on grandmothers in Africa who are raising orphan children affected and infected with HIV.
The Helen Project International was created in memory of Johnson's grandmother.
"As my grandmother told me in 1978, if you want to do something, to make something happen you have to go ahead and do it," said Johnson.
So now, aside from selling wares handmade by Kenyan grandmothers at local festivals and cultural fairs the organization is taking its mission a step further by building a women's center and hostel in Kenya.
"This facility will provide a safe haven for 150 grandmothers to be able to come from their 7 different villages and be able to have their own kiosks where they'll have business training, they'll be able to sell their wares there," said Johnson.
The foundation has been laid but now the organization needs help building the rest of the two-story structure.
The Helen Project has teamed up with GlobalGiving.org to raise $5,000 in 30 days.
After the 30 days, if the money is raised, Global Giving will permanently host the women's center project on its website, which could help the organization raise the entire $70,000 needed to complete the building.
"I know it would be just a dream come true for them and it would be a dream come true for me to see them dancing and singing and thanking god for what he has done for them"
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