I came to the USA on 4th August 2014 for a 4 month Community Solutions Program of the Department of State, which is being implemented by IREX. There were 60 of us from all over the world and we were all sent to different states and placed with host organizations.

IREX posted me to the YWCA, Austin to realize my vision and dream, for my 2 nonprofits, The Centre for Disadvantaged Girls and Malkia Foundation, back home, in Kenya.

Since we empower girls with education and women with skills for enterprise development, my dream is to buy a 50 acre piece of land on which to build a modern educational complex.

I envision an all girls school that would be 60% STEM and 40% regular in order to make it more marketable and appealing to tuition paying students, for the sustainability of the bright tuition free girls from poverty stricken backgrounds.This would be a first of its kind in Kenya.

At the same place, I have a dream to build a clinic that would provide quality medical attention to my community, most of who die because the corruption that is rampant in the local government in our Vihiga County does not allow them to access even medication that is supposed to be free to children under five years old. This is a situation that raises the mortality rate in my community, due to diseases and ailments that are not supposed to kill in this day and age, like diarrhea, cholera, tuberculosis and even malaria.

I also dream of a community vocational training centre which will offer hands on marketable technical courses for gainful or self employment to the young mothers who mostly consist of school dropouts and any other women in my community willing to better their lot in life.

Finally for now, I have a dream to build radio and television stations there too, to put a spotlight on, and broadcast to the world everything that happens on the ground, at the grassroots level, since this is an area that has been neglected by the mainstream media due to political sycophancy.

In as much as everyone in Washington, DC who heard what my dream was thought it was too big, they sent me to big old Texas, which is massive, and the dream keeps getting bigger and bigger.

So far, we are going to start a Girl Scout Group for the girls in my community in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Central Texas, who are introducing us to the Girl Scouts USA.

We have also managed to partner with the Austin's Yellow Bike Project, who are giving us as many bikes as we can ship back home, 3 tool kits worth over $1,000 and spare parts for the bikes too. We therefore just started the Austin's Yellow Bike Project, Malkia Kenya. Here our women and girls will learn to not only repair but also build bikes for sale, which is a form of employment.

Diana Gorham, my Host Supervisor at the YWCA, is donating a truck for our organizations. We are very grateful. Audrey Selden, my Community Mentor has been introducing me to so many people, my head swims trying to remember all of them. Meanwhile, we are calling out to people with stuff they don't use but are in good working condition, like Computers Laptops Printers Sewing machines Carpentry tools Masonry tools Printing presses Industrial paper cutters Plate making machines (for printing) Blow dryers Hair driers Make up kits (manicure and pedicure sets) Kitchen appliances like cookers, microwaves, washing machines, driers, fridges, pots and pans too!

We plan to utilize these items for our computer, tailoring, carpentry, masonry, hospitality, hair/beauty and mass communication courses in our community vocational training college for teenage and young mothers who can not go back to school.

Also, anyone with clothes, shoes and school bags idling around their homes would really benefit children in rural Kenya if they are willing to part with them.

We are presently fundraising to purchase a 40 ft shipping container, together with shipping costs of the above items, as we believe it is better to collect then ship them home, than my going home empty handed then writing back begging for funds to purchase the same.

Anyone with an extra dollar to spare towards this endeavor is very welcome, and it would be a great help to my community if we all shared this within our networks. I will update you on what else we are doing towards realizing the vision I have for women, girls and their children in Kenya.

Thank you for taking the time to read about a part of my dreams for my community.

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If your dream does not scare you, its not good enough. Great work, you are doing.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale Founder/Project Coordinator Star of Hope Transformation Centre 512 Road F Close Festac Town Lagos-Nigeria https:

It gives me lots of sleepless nights, Tosin. Sometimes I wake up in a sweat wondering if it is indeed doable.

Then I start dreaming again.

Thanks for your encouragement, my sister.

Phionah Musumba Founder/Executive Director Malkia Foundation & Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya P.O Box 9461 - 00300, Nairobi, Kenya Facebook: Phionah Musumba Twitter: @KenyaGals LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

I can imagine... That's just the way it is....

Persist, it will materialize.....Amen

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale Founder/Project Coordinator Star of Hope Transformation Centre 512 Road F Close Festac Town Lagos-Nigeria https:

So persisting. Let it be so.

Phionah Musumba Founder/Executive Director Malkia Foundation & Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya P.O Box 9461 - 00300, Nairobi, Kenya Facebook: Phionah Musumba Twitter: @KenyaGals LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

Thanks a lot for the advise and comment, Emily. Doing that right away.

Phionah Musumba Founder/Executive Director Malkia Foundation & Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya P.O Box 9461 - 00300, Nairobi, Kenya Facebook: Phionah Musumba Twitter: @KenyaGals LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

Dearest Phionah, you have come such a long way on what could only be described as a difficult road to travel. I'm so very proud of all your efforts to maintain the momentum needed to create such powerful changes for your community. I realise how difficult it must be for you to be away from your beautiful family, but I admire your resilience to continue. This is such a wonderful networking opportunity for you, and clearly you are realising terrific connections. I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in the States and that all goes well for you. Ubuntu dear sister ♥

Anne Seery

Dearest Anne, Thank you so much for being a part of this roller coaster ride. I wouldn't have come this far without like minded loving people like you. I believe we will be together to the finish line. Warmest regards,

Phionah Musumba Founder/Executive Director Malkia Foundation & Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya P.O Box 9461 - 00300, Nairobi, Kenya Facebook: Phionah Musumba Twitter: @KenyaGals LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

Dear Phionah - As I read your story I nodded my head and said out loud, "Yes! She WILL make this happen!" You have courage and wisdom...two invaluable strengths. I wish you success and hope to see a post soon that says you have reached your goal to fund the shipping costs for the container. And I hope it is full to the top with all your "wish list" items.

In love and peace, Terry Mullins

Dear Terry, So smiling as I read this. Moddershall too. Thanks for your donation and encouragement. I guess I can only ask you to watch this space.

All the best,

Phionah Musumba Founder/Executive Director Malkia Foundation & Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya P.O Box 9461 - 00300, Nairobi, Kenya Facebook: Phionah Musumba Twitter: @KenyaGals LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

Dear Phy, All your dreams will see the light of realization in Jesus name...I have you constantly in my prayers. Remember, determination breeds success. You are one bright, strong, courageous, bold, intelligent, and kind-hearted African woman. Way to go! Love from Cameroon. Nakinti

Nakinti B. Nofuru 2013 VOF Correspondent Reporter for Global Press Institute Bamenda - Cameroon Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org nakintin@yahoo.com

Dear Nakinti,

Thank you so much for your kind encouraging words and prayers.

Amen.

Love,

Phionah Musumba Founder/Executive Director Malkia Foundation & Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya P.O Box 9461 - 00300, Nairobi, Kenya Facebook: Phionah Musumba Twitter: @KenyaGals LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

Dear Phionah -

It is incredible to see the strides you are making. So proud of you and hope to meet you in person one day. Thank you for forming this amazing Vision! And thank you for speaking out loud exactly what you need to make it happen. This is what will bring you support - speaking with such clarity!! Keep dreaming big, and keep it up!

Jensine Larsen World Pulse

Dear Jensine,

Allow me to thank you for coming up with the grand idea of this wonderful powerhouse that is World Pulse. My voice was sufficiently amplified here to make me get to where I am right now. Thanks a lot for your feedback on my post. It means a lot. My next dream is to meet you in person.

Thanks again.

All the best,

Phionah Musumba Founder/Executive Director Malkia Foundation & Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya P.O Box 9461 - 00300, Nairobi, Kenya Facebook: Phionah Musumba Twitter: @KenyaGals LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

Thanks, and amen Julie.

So praying for the same.

Don't wear out or lose your dancing shoes as you haven't done any dancing yet.

Lots of love,

Phionah Musumba Founder/Executive Director Malkia Foundation & Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya P.O Box 9461 - 00300, Nairobi, Kenya Facebook: Phionah Musumba Twitter: @KenyaGals LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

Dear Phionah, I would love to see regular updates in your WP journal, as you work toward your goals. Having worked in fundraising, I know that there are often large donors who will only come forth as community support is shared.

Thank you for being a blessing upon our shared earth. Yvette

Yvette

Dear Sis,

I will try to do just that. Its been a crazy season since the beginning of 2014.

Since we need all the help we can get to realize our dream, I am gonna heed your advice.

All the best,

Phionah Musumba Founder/Executive Director Malkia Foundation & Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya P.O Box 9461 - 00300, Nairobi, Kenya Facebook: Phionah Musumba Twitter: @KenyaGals LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

Sending you lots of love too.

Phionah Musumba Founder/Executive Director Malkia Foundation & Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya P.O Box 9461 - 00300, Nairobi, Kenya Facebook: Phionah Musumba Twitter: @KenyaGals LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

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