It occurs to me that most people don’t know what Msomi means, so I thought I’d solve the riddle. We chose this word because it means scholar in Swahili, the most commonly understood language in Kenya. There are 42 distinct ethnic groups in Kenya, each with their own unique language – not dialect – full language. Some are a bigger (Lu’o, for example) percentage of the population and others are smaller (Maasai, for example). English is used in schools from Grade 5 on, but Swahili (or kiswahili) is used much more often for inter-ethnic group communication. I try to learn the language, but it’s a challenge. Fortunately, we’re usually able to work with Kenyans who are much better with languages than we are! It’s a truly beautiful country, and I hope you all have a chance to visit some day.
On another note, I had a great conversation with Vincent Forand from period.org; we are working on partnering to help them with the upcoming education launch and looking forward to having their support when we need to provide feminine hygiene products to our girls. I’ve also reached out TheShoeThatGrows to see about working with them to make sure our girls always have shoes that fit. Some of these may work out and some may not, but you just never know until you try.
We are working hard to get our name out there and drum up support but are still looking for that one person who’s willing to take the plunge and support us financially. We’ll likely be starting a public online fundraiser in the near future, so hopefully we’ll at least start the snowball rolling. Check back for updates and remember how lucky we are to be living as well as we do!