Global Village Ministries does an amazing service to the people of Kenya, especially young Maasai girls most vulnerable to genital mutilation and child marriage. The mission trip, if you can go, is a fantastic dive into Africa - the people, the wildlife, and the Indian Ocean. You'll do medical missions for whole villages out of little schoolhouses, treating dental, vision, and medical needs for people who cannot afford to go to a big city with a hospital. You'll travel in large overland vehicles, passing through incredible terrain, and partnering with great resorts in their community service, while experiencing what they have to offer safari tourists.
My wife and I were able to visit this home in March 2017. What a fantastic service this does, protecting the most vulnerable girls, providing them education, security, and a launch of their lives, with so many wide-open options for their futures. The individual stories of each of the girls give such a glimpse into what their lives might be like without the home. The girls are truly happy, friendly, and grateful. They are learning so much, including how to care for themselves (laundry, cooking, cleaning, fetching water, etc.). Not sure I can think of a more valuable charitable organization!
I have been privileged to make 2 trips to Kenya First trip was a mission service trip organized by GVM but we also had many opportunities to view awesome wildlife. It was an unforgettable experience which led me to plan a trip with the same organizers which was a safari vacation and just as amazing as the first trip. What made this trip really special was visiting the Olmalaikea Home and meeting the girls who benefit from GVM. They are so happy and well adjusted. The opportunity to help in such a personal way is irresistible!
I have personally gone on a trip to Kenya with GVM & it was a truly wonderful experience. Because the GVM president grew up in Kenya she is able to know the real needs of the people & tailor the experience so that you are really able to provide essential services to the people you meet & as the volunteer you come away enriched by the experience. The mission experiences were wonderful & the Safari & sightseeing time was icing on the cake. I came back interested in continuing to help & after the Olmalaika Home was opened began sponsoring a little girl. Nothing is more rewarding to see someone blossom to their full potential while knowing you are helping them avoid the emotional & physical scars of FGM. I am so happy & proud to be involved with this nonprofit because I can help so personally & not just send money (although sending money isn't bad!) & know that it is truly being used for the people it is intended for & not inflated administrative expenses.
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Global Village Ministries mission trips have a lasting impact on all who travel to Kenya with this group. I have so many wonderful memories, but my favorites are the time we spent at The Olmalaika Home, one of GVM's long term projects. The Home provides a safe, loving environment for young girls who would otherwise be subject to Female Genital Mutilation and/or Early Childhood Marriage. The girls receive their education and so much more. Despite sometimes traumatic beginnings, the girls who live at The Olmalaika Home are always smiling. They know they are loved and it shows. I can't say enough about the impact this makes in their lives (and those who visit). These girls are going to change these outdated traditions and they will have an impact on other girls they meet in ending FGM and Early Childhood Marriage. I strongly suggest you consider a donation, or better yet, travel to Kenya with GVM and see The Olmalaika Home for yourself!!
I first traveled to Kenya with Global Village Ministries in 2013. One of our stops was The Olmalaika Home which is their largest long term project. Olmalaika is a Home for young girls who would otherwise be subject to Female Genital Mutilation or early childhood marriage. The girls, ages 5 to 16 are able to continue their education in a safe, loving environment. They have a Maasai matron which allows them to grow up with all of the positive aspects of their culture. On our visit, the girls all welcomed us with huge smiles and proudly showed us their rooms. We were able to play with them and talk to them while they did the laundry outside. Many of the older girls expressed the desire to become teachers or doctors. It is amazing to see the happy faces of these children who came from such frightening situations. The President of GVM (Kim DeWitt) is one of the most caring people I have ever met. She was raised in Kenya for part of her childhood and has a real heart for these girls. I have continued to do what I can to help The Olmalaika Home since my visit, and fully intend to go back there on a future GVM trip. This place is changing lives!!
I have just returned from my 5th July mission trip with GVM and Kim and Kamunge. I must say that the highlight of the trip is always the visit to the O-Home. My family and I feel so very blessed to have connected with Kim 5 years ago and have enjoyed partnering with her and the girls at the home. We have chosen to sponsor two girls and have seen tremendous growth in them as young women and students. We are excited for what the future holds for these young ladies and we know that their lives have been changed as a result of Kim and Kamunge's efforts to make a difference. We look forward to many more trips and serving along side them and shinning for Jesus.
My family went to Kenya in 2015 with Global Village Ministries and our lives have been changed forever. The ministry conducts medical, dental and optical clinics in underserved areas of Kenya. Additionally, they operate the Olmalaika Home in Sekenani Kenya. This home serves at a safe home for young girls who are at risk of early marriage and female genital mutilation. The girls are loved and cared for, but, most importantly, they are also educated. We sponsor a young woman through this ministry and are more than confident that the money we send for the home, ministry and support are wisely spent. In fact, they seem to have an amazing ability to stretch a dollar.
In September 2015, Pastors David Ole Letitia & Josephat Ole Mashati of Enduata Naishu in Loita, Kenya identified a young, disabled girl named Kironua. She is 7, orphaned and had lost both of her feet in a fire. Through the compassion and care of Kim DeWitt and the pastors, Kironua got the medical attention needed, was fitted for prosthetic feet, and now happily resides in the Olmalaika Home in Kenya, a boarding school for ask-risk girls. I thank God every day for people like Kim DeWitt and her staff that reach out and expediently help these children in need. They are truly making a difference, one child at a time.
I was able to travel with GVM in July 2015 on a medical/dental missions trip. It was an amazing experience and highly recommend it to anyone even slightly interested. A once in a lifetime experience. We provided medical care to people in very remote Kenya that rarely receive that kind of care. Outside of that we had a special projects group that installed a solar panel system to put lights in to a local school. GVM is also connected to the Olmaliaka Home that helps young women in the community escape childhood marriages. Rest assured that giving money to GVM is a good decision and the money is going to truly help people. Kim is a wonderful person that is making a difference in hundreds of lives. And you can help!
I'm in the medical field as an ICU nurse with 33 yrs of experience. My mother and father were missionaries back in the 70's. My mom has always had a passion for helping others, but especially other women. I've had the pleasure of going on 2 trips with GVM. The first trip was back before the Olmalaika Home had been built. The 2nd trip was in 2014 but due to my work schedule I had to leave early and did not get to visit the Olmalaika Home. My mother recently passed away and we asked to have money sent to help finish the inside of the Olmalaika Home instead of sending flowers. We had enough donations sent to finish off one of the last remaining rooms at the home. We got a picture of the plaque that will be on the wall in that room in honor of my mom and also received a super nice book with pictures of the girls and the home. I have donated on different occasions to GVM and would highly recommend them as they make very good use of the funds donated to them. Also, Kim is a very high octane lady who has a passion for the people of Kenya and the Kenyan girls who are at risk for female genital mutilation and early childhood marriage. She leads a very highly organized trip providing free medical and dental assistance to the people of Kenya who might not otherwise be able to receive or afford it. I would highly recommend you to go on a mission trip with Global Village Ministries which includes a visit to the Olmalaika home and or also consider them for your donation if you are unable to travel for whatever reason. The reward of serving and or helping others will be highly satisfying for you and you can be sure that whatever help you give, whether personal or financial, will be highly appreciated and put to good use.
After seeing Kim's enthusiasm for helping the young girls of Kenya, we decided to sponsor through Global Village Ministries. Best decision ever! We have seen a young orphaned girl who was to be married at age eight because her grandmother could not afford to feed her go from an unsmiling hopeless child, to a beautiful beaming young lady. She is so full of love. We get her picture at least three times a year, along with handwritten personal letters. We are able to send small packages to her. Kim does an amazing job helping us help these precious children.
Our African daughter now has hope! Something she would never would have had without Global Village Ministries.
I went on the July 2014 and March 2015 trips and spent a considerable amount of time at The Olmalaika Home in 2014. This is a top notch organization and Kim is a fearless loader who will do her absolute best to put together a meaningful and well executed visit to Kenya. Having lived in Kenya for a year, I couldn't recommend a better organization to guide you in missions or through Kenya.
I had the awesome privilege to serve on a trip in 2013 through GVM. This was my first trip off the east coast of the U.S., much less my first mission trip. I must say GVM truly has a heart to serve the people of Kenya, especially the young girls who are at high risk of FGM and childhood marriage. Everything is so well planned and every detail covered. Kim and her support staff are amazing. I still laugh because I had gone on this trip thinking I could make a difference what I did not anticipate is how deeply this trip would impact and make a difference in me. It was honestly life changing to say the least. So I challenge you if you are contemplating a trip with GVM don't hesitate, just go!!! You will be so glad you did!! Just know that when you return home afterward you will be missing a part of your heart which will forever stay in Kenya and with the people you had the privilege of serving there.
Can't say enough about how wonderful this experience was with Kim in Kenya.
Beautiful country and fabulous opportunity to travel safe and make a difference.
It's an awesome experience helping and reaching to people far out and blessing them with love
My husband and I went on the October 2014 trip, and had a wonderful time. The team was so marvelous I feel blessed just to know all of them. So little amount of money helps so many over there. If you donate you will save a little child from FGM and give her an opportunity to live a self directed life. You could help some one have a medical or dental issue resolved that would otherwise suffer. What could be better than that?
My experiences with Global Village Ministries have been truly life-changing. GVM is making a difference in Kenya both by the services that they provide as well as through the spreading of the Word among the rural villagers in Kenya. I have been on other mission trips, but my trip to Kenya in 2013 was by far the best led and orchestrated mission trip I have been on. When you think about going on a mission trip, you should definitely think about the GVM opportunities.
The work that Global Village Ministries does with the girls of the Olmalaika Home is very moving. These girls have endured a horrible event in their lives (FGM), and yet to see their smiles and joyous excitement at the Olmalaika Home will bring tears to your eyes - tears of joy! One life at a time, and we can change the world.
I am heading out on my third consecutive GVM October trip this year. This is by far the best Mission Program with which I have been associated. Some may be apprehensive about joining a medical/dental mission trip if they have no medical/dental experience, but the trip coordinator does a splendid job of finding valuable contributions for all who participate. October in Kenya is a wonderful time of year, and I encourage all to consider this as their choice for missionary work.
I participated in a life-changing missions trip with GVM in March 2015. Global Village Ministries gave me an incredible opportunity to see the beauty of Kenya as well as witness the ways that God is actively working there. One of those ways included The Olmalaika Home, which provides food, shelter, and purpose to girls that were otherwise destined for torture and exploitation. The need for more places of refuge and more people like Kim DeWitt (president of GVM, founder of the Olmalaika Home) is overwhelming. Her love and passion for people was evident immediately. I can't wait to visit again with GVM!
I have served on many Medical and Dental mission trips that are very well organized by Kim Dewitt and they have helped many needy people, they have started Olmalaika, a home for girls to give them a safe and healthy home.They have given many medications to the needy. I have enjoyed helping on these trips. Ray Mayor MD
If you had only one organization to support and donate to, make it this one. Having been part of the GVM team on many occasions and seeing the need first hand made it easy to see that real needs of really needy girls in the Maasai Community are being met by real people, who all benefit in one way or another from this exchange. Most of all the girls who get to chose a much better path for their lives than the one forced on them by their own culture. All this helping is being done respectful of the local value system, which is a feat in and of itself. Please continue to help so more lives can be impacted in such a positive way!
As a woman who cares about the suffering of others & often feeling so helpless to do anything Global Village Ministries is a womderful organization where I have been able to help save a young woman from going through the barbaric procedure of female genital mutilation & as still a child be married off against her will to an older man, arranged by her brother. In addition to providing her a safe place to live & she was able to get some education that will help her as she grows up & needs to support herself. Very gratifing to me that I could help her as well as having a organization that supports her & many other young women in her condition. Thank you Global Village. Also grateful for the new home that they built.
What a great experience to connect with people and appreciate the beauty of their life and have a small part of helping them! The one trip I made with Global Village Ministries was exceptionally well organized and I hope that some day I can return to visit the Olmalaika home. A part of me is now connected to the larger world around me.
In 2011, I participated in a Missions trip through Global Village Ministries. The personal growth that I gained from this trip was life changing. Kim Dewitt, the President of Global Village Ministry has such a genuine caring heart for Kenya and the Maasai people.
I will never forget the conversations that we had with the young ladies at the Olmalaika Home. The life stories of these young rescued ladies show the strength of character of these little ones. Their desire for education and opportunities that will enable them to serve their people.
I was so impressed with the difference that Kim and her team is making in these people’s lives. Not only in rescuing these young girls from Female Genital Mutilation, but the impact that the medical and dental clinics are having in the lives of the villagers. I still tell people of the effect this trip had on me. I look forward to going again.
I have been on two mission trips with Global Village Mimisstries to Kenya. It changed my life. It is such a beautiful place to see such wonder. The people there are wonderful and so friendly and caring they make you feel so at home. And I had the opportunity to visit the Olmalaika Home and meet all the beautiful girls there and spend some time to speak with them about there life and dreams they are so interesting and inspiring. I had the opportunity to here them sing. WOW What voices little Angels. If you ever have a opportunity to go to Kenya Please contact Kim it will be the best trip you will Ever take in your life.
Global village ministries and the olmalaika home do an incredible work within the Maasai community in Kenya. Having gone on two july trips in a row, I have seen the amazing things Kim and her team do to provide care for areas that desperately need it. The medical care these people receive is essential to their well being and provides a substantial help for the community. The areas we go to are very remote and access to medical facilities is difficult if not impossible to get to. The people are far more gracious, kind, generous, genuine, and hospitable than you could find anywhere in the world. This is an incredible place, and global village ministries and the olmalaika home do an incredible work.
I have made three trips to Kenya with Global Village Ministries....what a life changing experience. I went with the idea of helping others, but found that I gained more in personal growth and personal satisfaction than I could conceive of giving (although we provided a lot of medical care to under served populations). My wife and I have also sponsored a child at the Olmalaika Home for the past few years. Also had the joy of meeting our sponsored girl on our trip last year....what an experience!
My daughter and I recently became aware of the opportunity to sponsor a nine-year-old girl Just saved by the Olmalaika Home from the horrific fate of circumcision (FGM - female genital mutilation) & early childhood marriage being arranged by the father who had abandoned the family. The 36 girls presently living there have all been rescued from a similar fate. At Olmakaika Home, these girls find a safe and loving environment, educational opportunities they otherwise would not have, and all their needs are met. There is also opportunity to become home sponsors, providing funds to help keep the home running smoothly. Kim DeWitt, founder and president of Global Villiage Ministries, was raised in Kenya and pours her heart and soul into this ministry. She takes teams of volunteers to the outlying villages to provide free medical, dental, and other care to those in need. GVM provides many ongoing opportunities to make a difference in so many lives in a personal, tangible way. Watch the inspiring video Bringing Freedom - Olmalaika Home.
I went on a few trips with GVM and it was FANTASTIC!! Would totally recommend this to everybody! A once in a lifetime experience! I now have gotten so involved that I am volunteeering as part of the GVM team! It is such a blessing both to those we come in contact with in Kenya and to us!SUPER awesome!