A NOTE FROM GLOBAL GIVING:
Please welcome Nyla Rodgers. She is a new project leader here at GlobalGiving and over the past few weeks we have had the opportunity to get to know Nyla and the great work she does for her organization Mama Hope.
Periodically over the next two months we will be sending you snapshots about Nyla’s life and work. We encourage your feedback about this new form of progress update so that we can provide you with the most interesting and relevant information possible about the projects and causes you support.
We thank you for your contributions and ask you to consider donating again to Nyla and Mama Hope. Feel free to tell your friends about Nyla and her incredible work!
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Nyla Rodgers' Story: In Her Words
My name is Nyla Rodgers, I am 29 years old. I grew up in Mill Valley, California, and was raised an only child by a single mother. I became involved with Mama Hope out of a tragedy in 2006. In July of 2005 my mother was diagnosed with fourth-stage ovarian cancer. She passed away in January of 2006.
While she was sick, the thing that kept her fighting was our plan to take a trip to Kenya and meet an orphan named Bernard that she sponsored there. Whenever things looked bleak, we would talk about our future trip to Kenya, the warmth of the people, all of the incredible colors, the animals, etc. This trip was such a big deal because she was terrified of flying and had never left North America. She believed if she could beat cancer she definitely could let her fears of flying go.
By some crazy coincidence, two weeks after my mother passed, I got an opportunity to work for United Nations Environmental Program in Kenya. So I went to fulfill my mother’s dream and meet Bernard.
When I got to Bernard’s village there were 500 people waiting for me to honor my mother’s memory. I learned that my mother had given $1,000 from a fundraiser that she had at her house to help women living with HIV in Bernard’s community. These women used the money to buy textiles and to make jewelry and clothes and then they took the profit from these sales and put it into a community bank. The community bank was used to get women HIV medicine, and, because of this, women were living longer, there were fewer orphans on the streets and more children in school.
At this ceremony I was presented with a giraffe and the people told me, “Your mother is like a giraffe: she had the vision to see her feet and the vision to see far beyond, and it is obvious that you are a giraffe as well.”