Thursday, December 20, 2012

Preparing for Kenya

If you are reading JNJBTW (, the Johnson & Johnson blog, you are already familiar with Our Credo. The people who work at J&J are a special breed. We take our responsibilities seriously. "We have a responsibility to the communities in which we live and work and to the world community as well." These are not just words on a page. We live it. We offer days off for volunteerism for employees to contribute to their community. Where and for what cause we volunteer is up to us.

Dr. Sherryl Broverman from Duke University tells us that if you want to end poverty, prevent disease, end hunger there is a one-size-fits-all solution:  Educate a girl.  I am a well educated woman. It wasn't even a question that I would go to school past age 13 and then go to college. That is far from the situation in Muhuru Bay, Kenya.

Being a Jewish family, we celebrate eight nights of Hanukkah.  We get gifts for seven nights and on the eighth night we give back.  This year, my kids are giving the WISER girls their mom for ten days.

I will chronicle my journey here. Follow along as we educate this woman and, at the same time, educate a girl (or 90 :)

Photo: At a WISER fundraiser with Headmistress Dorcus and student Mercy

1 comment:

  1. Melissa, what a fantastic way to start 2013 and give back. I wish you a fantastic journey. May both you and the women you enrich return wiser!