Then & Now – OKM Orphans Know More 12th anniversary celebration Dinner Dance
Orphans Know More is a relationally based partnership working together to give orphans a Face, a Family and a Future
As an Ambassador for Orphans Know More I was thrilled to attend my first official engagement at their 12th anniversary celebrations. Held at the recently refurbished and stunning Harpenden Golf Club 125 of OKM supporters and guests partied the night away. It can be good to stop, look back and celebrate achievements for a moment before commencing towards the next goals and challenges. We looked back at what has been created since an 8 year old child said to her parents “I think I’m meant to take care of orphans”. Shortly afterwards OKM was born and Naomi is now a 20 year old student and full of enthusiasm and drive in her pursuit of a better life for those not naturally blessed as she has been with her own family. From this young vision a large and talented team has grown and OKM is going from strength to strength.
My favourite part of the evening was looking at the individual stories of orphans whose lives have been transformed. I wanted to tell you about Annet & Moses:
They are sister and brother and were born in a polygamous family to an elderly father who died when they were small. Their young mother couldn’t cope and felt that she didn’t want to be held back by her dependant children leaving them abandoned. After spending time in a home where they weren’t wanted they have been thriving in a loving family environment due to the involvement and support of OKM. These two young people are very academic and have taken the OKM education opportunity very seriously.
Annet has begun her further education and is studying for a bachelor’s degree in Arts of Economics and is a vibrant young woman.
Moses has always dreamed of pursuing a career in medicine and he is currently in his third year of a four year University degree in Pharmacy. Moses loves music too and in particular guitar and piano.
A Face, A Family And A Future
OKM is about family values and I do think this is so very important. I have been most fortunate with my own family upbringing and know that it gave me a solid foundation in life (if you are interested you can find out more about my life in my book The Way We Wore: A Life in Clothes. Most of us don’t come from a perfect family but we can use good family values to help each other and those less fortunate than ourselves. Plus let’s always make time to celebrate, dance and sing.
How do you like to celebrate and do you celebrate enough? Do let me know in the comments below.
PS: You can read my previous post Manners Lost here
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