Mary Ellis’s Story

As a former Girl Scout Leader and community volunteer from Scarsdale, New York, I am inspired and aware of the needs of others, especially when it is easy to help.  I am living in Dubai, UAE now and had the opportunity to visit Kenya recently.  I was there before and knew how needy the schools were. I connected with Paris Karanja, a woman I met at a restaurant in Dubai, and she told me about Esiteti schools near Amboseli National Park.

I was planning a safari anyway so I decided to go to Amboseli National Park because it was close to Esiteti . I booked with Tortilis after learning they supported Esiteti primary school.  Candy at Tortilis Camp provided the details about Pack for a Purpose. I asked a few friends in Dubai if they had gently used clothing they could give me and asked my Girl Scout friend in NY to send school supplies.  I also collected toiletries like tooth brushes/paste, soap, lotions, etc.

I dedicated one suitcase for my supplies and visited the primary school supported by Tortilis Camp and a nearby nursery school. Mulanti Lenkauni was the Massi leader that accompanied Paris Karanja, her daughter and me to the nursery school. What a rewarding experience for me.

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