I have mixed emotions as I tell you that Saline will be returning home to Kenya at the end of April.
On the one hand, I’m so happy to have had an opportunity, as many of you have had, to play a role in her development from a young self-conscious child to a confident young woman. On the other hand, I’m sad that she is going away. I know I speak for many of you when I say that she has touched the lives of those who have gotten to know her.
It is somewhat comforting to know that she will be attending a vocational school to learn a trade and all tuition and living expenses will be paid through the generosity of our SRFK donors. I cannot say enough about the generosity of the entire Tame family. They have not only opened up their home to Saline but have, more importantly, opened up their hearts. I would be remiss if I did not mention Duncan Owange, Saline’s teacher and advocate, who has worked tirelessly since Saline was young, to help her achieve a better life. In addition, my hat comes off to Dr. Alex Dagum, who devoted so many hours in the operating room, to transform Saline’s life. She now has a chance at a more normal life and I am certain that everyone who knows her, wishes her the best.
Come join us in celebrating Saline’s story.