Mama Wachira's Children's Home in Collaboration with EOD Vets Partnership
TSP is excited to be teaming up with Chris Taylor, Jason Souza and the EOD Vets Partnership to support Mama Wachira's Children's Home in Archer's Post.
While working in Kenya over the last year, training the Kenyan Defense Forces to disarm improvised explosive devices, former Army Reserve Lt. Col. Jason Souza and his colleague Chris Taylor noticed many local children had no shoes. Despite that fact, they walked 10 miles a day to and from school over hot, rocky, thorny lava fields. Jason and friends set out on a project to correct that situation and with the help of friends and community groups, they collected 600 pairs of shoes and clothes for these children.
Remarkably, that effort blossomed into a more ambitious one. By chance, Jason and Chris were taken to meet Mama Wachira who lost her husband to an explosive device. During that visit, they learned that she cares for 24 orphaned children and others who come for daily meals. She inspired Chris and Jason to take their efforts to the next level and they committed themselves to working with her to expand Mama Wachira's Children's Home with proper facilities to care for more children.
We might not be able to fix everything in the world, but we are making a difference for this one group of children, said Chris Taylor, a former U.S. Marine and leader of the project. My takeaway from Kenya is that everything in life is temporary and arbitrary, and the only thing you have in this life are the footprints you leave behind.
TSP Executive Director, Linda Hooper and Program Manager, Kiki Swanson met Jason and Chris on a recent trip to Samburu. After learning about the work the EOD Vets were doing in Samburu it seemed like a natural partnership. With goals that perfectly aligned to serve the people in the area, TSP and the EOD Vets Partnership are currently collaborating on construction of a new dormitory that will provide shelter and beds for 65 children. Future projects are planned for 2018.