Benefiting Tishe and his family
When I decided to run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon I wanted to run it for a cause that I truly believed in. There are numerous organizations and charities whose causes I believe are worthy of raising money for; however, sometimes one is unsure how much of their donation is actually going to the cause itself and how much is going to administrative costs. For this reason it was difficult to decide which charity to raise money for. Then I met them....2 weeks ago a beautiful happy little boy and his mother walked into my office wanting to register for school in one of my classrooms. As I got to know Tishe and his mother I learned their story. A few months ago Tishe's mother, Yinka, left her town in Nigeria with her four children to escape an abusive husband and his family who believed in the practice of genital mutilation.
Her husband was extremely abusive, especially if she did not act like an "obedient" wife. Tishe's mother lived this way for many years; although she suffered her children were safe and provided for. Then one day the female members of her husband's family came to her and said it was time for her daughter to undergo the "procedure" of genital mutilation. Because she did not believe in this practice she sent her two oldest children to a neighboring town to be hidden from the other family members. The family sent people to her house to threaten and physically abuse her hoping she would surrender her daughter. The family eventually found out where the children were being hidden and tried to kidnap them. After this Yinka had no choice but to leave. She sold all of her belongings and used everything she had to buy 5 tickets to the United States. She is now in Pittsburgh on a visitors visa applying for asylum. In our country you are granted asylum if you can prove that your country of origin cannot or will not protect you. Yinka said "Here there is law, in my country there is no law and no one to protect me and my children. As long as I know my children are safe then I'm ok." Yinka is a hard working woman who wants to work and provide for her family but is unable to until she receives working papers. They have a temporary place to live that was provided to them by the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, but they struggle on a daily basis to obtain the necessities to live.
I hope to raise money to help Yinka and her children. Those of you who are parents know that once you have children you do whatever it takes to keep them safe. No donation is too little...anything helps and will be greatly appreciated. If everyone could donate just $10 I know that money will go a long way in helping this family. All the money raised will go directly to this family, nothing goes to me, to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, or to anything associated with the marathon. On this page you will see the words "Benefiting Emmanuel Lutheran Church." None of the money raised is going to this church, but in order to post this fundraising page on the marathon website I needed to add the organization that is helping to support them. My purpose of raising money through the marathon is to try to reach as many people as possible since the fundraiser will be posted on the marathon page. Thank you in advance for your generosity.