I’m writing this from my small mobile device while on the bike at the gym. I feel that compelled and urged to share.

I just got off the phone with Divine (yes, I am also that annoying girl who talks on the phone while exercising. Yes, I know it’s annoying. Add it to my list of “things to work on“.

Our morning conversation went something like this:

Divine: “ehhhhhbabaweeeeeee! You saw Susanna in that city, New York?! Wow! How is your family now Christmas has finished?”

Me: (after musing on NYC’s massive amounts of people), “Divine, they are great. Brother is doing well. But we have finished eating so much food that somehow we can become fat!”

Divine: “Imagine! That’s so wonderful!”

Because really, this is the best kind of news you can give when it comes to families.

This led to a conversation about school and family. First, one of the children Divine’s mother has taken in as her own temporarily (the father is Divine’s half-brother who has been busy searching for work in a bigger Eastern city) has lost it’s birth mother to illness. This means another mouth to feed on a more permanent basis. Which also means Divine’s priority on school holiday has not been gathering information on transferring to another school with a more stable environment (even at her boarding school this year they would sometimes be out of water). Luckily, we may have found one, but more funds will be needed over time.

Sometimes I IMAGINE if things were different. And it breaks my heart. But, it also encourages me too.

If you are at all able, please consider donating even just $5. That pays for a part of a uniform. Seriously. Eventually I hope to achieve an ability to provide tax receipts. Wihangane as they say in Rwanda: sorry, but please take patience.

The link below does not only serve to support Divine’s school. It’s for Yazina, Eugenie, Zahara, and Maisara. My girls. Our girls. With all my heart, thank you.



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Heather Newell Oglesby

Hi! I'm Heather. I am a writer and counselor in-training. I share stories so we can keep the magic of being human alive. I spend a great deal of time going on long walks with my wife, rollerblading, learning, and traveling to find new adventures. By day, I work as an Education and Employment Specialist for Jefferson Center for Mental Health, working with adolescents who have experienced their first episode of psychosis. A Colorado native, I love dark-roasted coffee, sunshine, and succulents. Enthusiasm, passion, and possibility: that's me at my best.

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