BENEFITING: MERCY HIGH SCHOOL
EVENT DATE: Sep 28, 2016
I asked Cardinal Arinze if he had ever been to Maiduguri, Nigeria because my parents served there in the Peace Corp. Although I was born in Wisconsin, my mother was 5 months pregnant when they got back to the United States. With a twinkle in his eye Cardinal Arinze said, "When I first saw you I thought you were African American."
Maiduguri is in the area deeply affected by Boko Haran. You may recall a couple years back when Boko Haran kidnapped 276 girls inspiring #BringBackOurGirls which even Michelle Obama participated in. Well, it's no longer in the news cycle but the suffering continues. In the violence many people have been martyred, killed or are refugees.
Recently I learned from Julia, who is president of the student council at Mercy High School in Omaha, that they are raising money to build huts/homes for those displaced. Without an address, the children can not be educated. I've stayed in nicer tents than these huts, but they need a place.
Today, as I turn 50, I ask you to donate $50 to help build homes in Nigeria, then to Share this with others. I would like my birthday to make a difference in the lives of those suffering in Nigeria.
And one last story. While pregnant with me my mother would arrive home and tell my father, "As I walk through the marketplace I keep seeing all of these beautiful black babies, but here I'm just going to have a plain old white one."