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Mom Helps Kids in Africa

By: Sherry Williams Email
By: Sherry Williams Email

Kristen Welch was a typical stay-at-home mom in The Woodlands. Until the game changed completely.

"She said, 'Will you help me?' And we said, 'Yes," Kristen Welch said, the charity organizer.

During a mission trip to Africa...

"When I walked into that. It was really like walking into the pit of hell."

Welch saw child prostitutes, pornography huts and young pregnant girls everywhere. But she also met this Kenyan college graduate who asked for help opening a home for pregnant girls.

"Saying, 'Yes' is so scary. But it's also, I couldn't imagine saying, 'No.' "

Neither women had the money or experience. Both had the compassion and drive.... to help girls escape the vicious cycle of the slums.

"They'll be totally transformed, holistic transformed."

This nook in Welch's modest home is headquarters. Skype calls are board meetings. And the family garage is the warehouse for donated supplies to be sent to Kenya. Maurine Owino represents the muscle, performing all the legwork in Africa. Welch represents the money, conducting fund raising through her blog. Against all odds, the home in Kenya just opened. It can house 15 carefully selected pregnant girls. Thanks to a suburban housewife here....and a determined young woman there who gave birth to the same dream.


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