Sheila and Ron, unable to have their own children but had the love and compassion to give to another child adopted me at 8 weeks old.
Throughout the following years life brought about many unanswered questions regarding my biological parents which led to painful emotional challenges which I fought to deal with and had to finally come to accept.
It was after this 'dark' period of my life in 2007 that I took time out from my own personal life to work as a volunteer in a remote village in Kenya which was affected by severe poverty. My time was spent helping at a local school where I interacted with the teachers and children, trying to understand the difficulties facing families and communities in the rural village.
I was humbled and overwhelmed by the community’s relentless hard working daily life, without electricity and clean running water and their efforts to find food to feed their families it was survival day to day.
The plight of orphaned and vulnerable children in Kenya, many affected as a result of HIV/AIDS. Some are abandoned by their parents because they cannot afford to feed or care for them. With very little government assistance life for these children is unimaginable. Over the years I’ve witnessed situations that are beyond inhumane.