Today in Kenya is a day they recognize heroes. It use to be a holiday for heroes in Kenya's independence - but recently it is known as a National holiday of heroes.
The definition of "hero" is this "characters who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self-sacrifice—that is, heroism—for some greater good of all humanity."
And that is the description of our friends in Kenya in my eyes.
They may face adversity - living in the slums, having been diagnosed as HIV+, being mistreated, and the list goes on - but they choose to display courage and hard work. They work to make a difference in their own life - as well as the lives of people around them. Their children, their families, their community, and the countless others who's lives they have touched. Including my own.
They are heroes to me. And as I wrote to each of our groups of friends in Kenya earlier today - I thank them for working so hard to improve lives and better our world. My life is better having met and known each of them.
We sent a small monetary gift along to each group to honour them - sometimes when life is hard, you don't get the chance for celebrating - and everyone deserves to be celebrated! Wish we could do more - but we like to remind them that we love them and are proud of them - even from afar!
Here is a gift I received in response and cherish - a video of some of the children of our artists who make the bone jewelry (with their pop and goodies from celebrating) saying "asante (thank you) Krista". But really it is each of you who supports JustOne who need to be thanked. Thank YOU! Asante!