Meet Friends of Ngong Road’s Ambassadors:
Leah went to Kenya with Friends of Ngong Road Founder, Paula Meyer (her aunt), in January 2007. They spent a little less than two weeks doing home visits, visiting schools, helping set up the office, and miscellaneous items to help get the organization started. Then in 2014 Leah and her husband, Michael, moved to Kenya for two years. Michael helped launch Karibu Loo as the general manager. During their time in Kenya, they started sponsoring a little girl named Risper through Friends of Ngong Road. Michael and Leah spent most of their Saturdays at Friends of Ngong Road’s Saturday Program in Nairobi. Leah also supported the organization with development activities in the summer of 2018.
Leah chose to become an Ambassador because she says she has always wanted to help give back to the organization more than she feels she has been able to do thus far. She sees it as a fun and exciting opportunity to become more involved, help more kids in Kenya, and spread the great message of this organization.
Leah hopes that Friends of Ngong Road continues to help transform the lives of kids in Kenya. She hopes that sponsors continue to build relationships with their child/children. She hopes that more people are able to learn about what life is like for kids living in the slums of Nairobi and feel inspired to become involved in the program.
Alli learned of Friends of Ngong Road through Tom Gleason, founder of Friends of Ngong Road’s summer camp. Alli started going to camp in Kenya in 2010 and has traveled to camp several times since.
Alli chose to become an Ambassador because she loves the students. She says if she was not doing everything she could to help them, it would drive her crazy! Alli says, “There’s too much inequality in the world and it’s my life’s mission to chip away at it. Plus, our amazing staff in Kenya works incredibly hard to make the lives of our students better. I want to support them however I can.”
Alli hopes Friends of Ngong Road continues to grow and work with the fantastic staff in Kenya to improve the lives of the kids she knows and loves. She believes the more donors we get, the more good we can do!
Julie became affiliated with Friends of Ngong Road through a partnership with my Rotary Club – the South Metro Minneapolis Evenings (SMME) Rotary Club. SMME Rotary and the Kikuyu Rotary Club lead a Global Rotary Grant process to provide life skills to all high school and post-secondary students that was launched in 2018.
Julie chose to become an Ambassador after a great experience attending the Friends of Ngong Road summer camp. She was inspired by the amazing impact of the organization, the community dedicated to improving the lives of the children and their families, and the impressive support network surrounding Friends of Ngong Road. She thinks it is a very cool global partnership, and she looks forward to helping raise awareness in her community.
Julie hopes to help accelerate the growth of Friends of Ngong Road by finding more sponsors and sharing her experience. She believes others will appreciate learning about different cultures and having the ability to positively change lives.
Nicole became affiliated with Friends of Ngong Road when she volunteered for and donated supplies to Friends of Ngong Road’s Annual Gathering. She chose to become an Ambassador because she sees the incredible potential in Friends of Ngong Road and believes that with a little more media attention and awareness, the organization can shape even more children’s lives in Kenya. She believes that God has given her the duty to assist and help bring more attention to this incredible cause.
Nicole hopes that Friends of Ngong Road can grow and continue to reach more families, children, and adults to help better their lives in the future.