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Hekima Place-Building the future one girl at a time

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THE STORY:

Hekima Place is an orphanage for girls orphaned by HIV/AIDS located in Kiserian, Kenya, It was founded in 2005 by Kate Fletcher.

Kate's work exemplifies her as the only true example I know of a person doing God's work on earth. She has saved not only the lives of these girls, but mine as well. Having battled depression for years I promised myself I'd take my own life at the end of August 2011. Instead, I found myself volunteering at Hekima Place for 5 weeks and meeting young girls like Fridah, age 7, whose HIV positive mother doused herself in kerosene and lit a match while Fridah watched; and Nancy, age 11, whose family believed she was a witch and tried to sell her into domestic slavery; and Makena, who was simply left outside Hekima Place's door.

Hekima Place exists solely because of donations. Kate is turning 73 this November (imagine selling all your worldly possessions, including house and car, and moving alone to a foreign country to start at orphanage at an age when most are content to curl up and die!) and she mentioned wanting to try an online campaign after hearing about the success of another orphanage nearby that raised $100,000 after posting a picture of one of the owners who was beat up in a robbery. Incidentally, Kate has rescued 2 girls from that orphanage who were raped repeatedly by the owner's nephews, and none of that money went towards the children there.

I want to give Kate a birthday present I know will mean the world to her, and also prove to her that there is still good in this world, because lately she has been put down every way possible but she keeps fighting. By the time I go to volunteer again in January I want to be able to thank her for literally being a life saver and I want her to retire with some peace of mind in regards to Hekima Place's financial future.

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