I just got back from my first Matilda Jane conference – whoa.
There are so many amazing things I would like to list about this company, and I’m sure my blog posts will bend that way for a while, but there is one thing in particular I want to focus on today.
The founder, Denise, and her husband, David, recently launched a new foundation – The Mighty Acorn Foundation. They started by building an orphanage in Kitale,Kenya and are now working on securing sponsors for the many, many girls whose lives will change when they get to live at the new orphanage instead of returning to the slums of Kitale after school everyday. The piece that was so awesome to me is that we are a group of women selling children’s clothes - BUT when you talk about changing children’s lives we are much, much more. We are a group of mother’s with a pit in our stomach imagining ANY of those beautiful faces being our child, we are privileged Americans that can barely fathom the depths of poverty these children experience on a daily basis, we are savvy business women that can affect others’ lives by the way we do business, but mostly we are human. We are people trying to figure out how to make a positive influence on a life that can, for many, be so so hard we will never understand their reality.
So today I am beyond thankful for the company I am newly a part of. I am thankful for the opportunity to not only change children’s lives, but to be able to share how others can do the same. The coolest part of the website to me is the ability to see what children have already been sponsored. As of Friday, when we saw the presentation, there were 18 girls sponsored. Take a look now!