The mission of THE OLMALAIKA HOME is to house and protect young disadvantaged Maasai girls that are at high risk of FGM (female genital mutilation) and/or child marriage, providing a warm, nurturing and loving environment; guiding them to see themselves as persons of value through God's eyes; fostering respect and appreciation for their peers, teachers, leaders, and culture, enabling them to be a generation of educated, productive, respected and valuable young women.
The Olmalaika Home, located in Sekenani, Kenya, provides a safe home and education for young girls of the Maasai tribe who are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and/or childhood marriage. FGM is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women, and it is illegal in Kenya. However, in many tribes it is a social convention and is considered a way to prepare a girl for adulthood and marriage. It is mostly carried out on girls between the ages of 7 and 15.
Global Village Ministries (GVM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in the United States that provides medical and dental care to people in Kenya during three annual service trips. GVM also promotes several long-term projects in the areas they visit, the largest of which is The Olmalaika Home. Completed in 2013, the Home accepts girls ages 12 and under and we currently have 35 girls ages 4 to 17. The home is totally dependent donations. It is located in Sekenani on community land. The girls who come to Olmalaika know they are valued, loved and have a place they can call home.
After coming to Kenya and falling in love with it, Deborah agreed to oversee
Development/Marketing/Social Media for THE OLMALAIKA HOME.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS ~ Global Village Ministries
Kim DeWitt - Director
Kim was raised in Kenya and has spent 18+ years of her life there. She is passionate about the people of Kenya and
ending female genital mutilation & early child marriage.
Stephanie DeWitt ~ Assistant Director/Secretary
Stephanie is Kim's daughter and spent 6 years of her childhood growing up in Kenya. - she has always considered it home.
Stephanie has a big heart for the people of Kenya and desires to make a difference for those less fortunate
Andrew Heney - Chair
Andy has a heart made for Kenya. He has been with us on a couple of service trips, has limitless engery
and is passionate about making a difference. He is a motivational speaker and a sales representative
for a large company.
Kamunge Ing'ang'i - Administrator
Kamunge, wears many hats in Kenya-- including being the administrator of Global Village Ministries, a mechanic,
driver, certified Bronze Guide under the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association and
is passionate about enabling children opportunities for education.
Faith Mwendwa - Board Member
Faith is a very passionate family person and a dedicated nurse with a burning passion for
humanity. Her joy and fulfillment comes from making a postive impact on peoples lives.
Greg Powers - Treasurer Greg is an applications engineer with a corporation in Michigan who has a passion for missions and young people.