"My brother was getting married and where I live it is part of our culture to give dowry to the family of your "wife-to-be".
He had nothing to give them so I became the "dowry"
I was only 7 years old"
"I have six siblings and my mother is a widow. I was only 5 when my family made the decision to circumcise (FGM) me and had already paid the dowry
to by husband-to-be."
"My father passed away and my mother re-married. She no longer wanted me so left me with my grandmother.
My grandmother had nothing - so marriage was the only option. I was 8 years old."
"I was 8 years old when I was circumcised (FGM) and then married to a man in his 60's.
At night he would try to have intercourse with me, but I was too small so he would use a stick to try to make me bigger.
When I could I would run away so he would tie me to trees and posts at night if he was not around so I could not leave."
"I was to be married off to a 58 year old man in Tanzania. On the day of my wedding I started screaming and a passer-by picked put me on their motorbike and took me to safety then contacted the chief.
I feel rejected by my father, mother and older brothers for accepting the 58 year old man to marry me.
Because of the Olmalaika Home I am now getting my education in September 2015."
I was raised in Kenya - and when I was around 7 years old
we were walking in the hills around Kilgoris.
We came upon a boma (a group of Maasai homes) where
a "celebration" was going on. They ladies took my hand
and lead me into the center of the activities. I was
separated from my family for almost an hour and when
they brought me back, they had painted my face like all
the other young girls
We had unknowingly had stepped into the "celebration" of a circumcision (female genital mutilation - FGM). My life has now come full circle- kim
“If you would like to ‘foster’ a child at
The Olmalaika Trust.
Your funds will ensure ALL the children/babies have what they need, but you will receive photos of the one you choose and be able to write them.
THE OLMALAIKA HOME
“Fostering” enables all the children at THE OLMALAIKA TRUST to begin healing and attend school. You will receive photos and updates about the child you choose and will be able to write letters to them.
If you would like to ‘foster’ a child, you can choose from three different tiers
Tier 1 ($25/month)
Tier 2 ($50/month)
Tier 3 ($100/month)
A ‘foster 'commitment runs from January to December and can be renewed at the end of each year.
Mail your letters to:
Scan to our email:
The Olmalaika Trust
8712 N. Ridge Ave, Berrien Springs MI 49103
The Olmalaika Trust
PO Box 50501-00100 Nairobi, Kenya
No packages or financial gifts/donations should be sent directly to Kenya
• A personal letter - keep it simple. The key is to encourage them to do their best.
• Printing is better than cursive.
• Pictures of yourselves, family, pets etc…
• Do not include contact info: surname, email, mailing address or phone number
• Please do not send money to the child.
Please know that you are NOT obligated to send a letter! Just the fact that you are helping
to provide for their education is more than enough!
How to give:
Option A: (501(c)3 in the US)
Write your check(s) to THE OLMALAIKA
Earmark it THE OLMALAIKA “Fostering”
8712 N Ridge Ave
Berrien Springs MI 49103
Use a credit card via paypal on our
Thank you for enabling lives to be changed!