Lindsey Pluimer’s interest in Africa began while writing a paper about Darfur in college and was solidified with a trip she took to Africa as part of a non-profit group. One of the most powerful memories for her was the difference in one girl’s demeanor that went from guarded and sullen to engaged and warm after she was given a long-sleeve shirt. That is it, just a long sleeve shirt. Why such a small thing made a large difference in Africa is one of the reasons With My Own Two Hands has been able to make a great impact in just four short years. They have built an orphanage, dug a well, made dozens of orphans feel special on their birthday, and countless other acts of love and support.
The goal of With My Own Two Hands (WMOTH) is to inspire the Orange County community to commit to improving the lives of children in need. They do so by raising money to find and fund sustainable projects in Africa that fall into four areas: shelter, education, water, and agriculture. WMOTH has a man-on-the-ground, Program Director, Joel Misango, who researches, verifies and audits the projects WMOTH helps support, ensuring that funds go where they are supposed to. He also ensures funds provide the most impact possible and will be sustainable once funding is complete. WMOTH also aims to connect communities. Each January, a group of volunteers travel to Africa to see their donations in action and to allow both communities to experience their connection more deeply. While there, volunteers work on the year’s project, visit past projects, and spend time with the children.
Why did Lindsey choose children in Africa? She gracefully responds that no border or boundary between countries prevents her from wanting to help those in need, and that a little goes a very long way in Africa. They were able to build the orphanage for a fraction of what it would cost elsewhere.
Want to support WMOTH on future goals? You can in many ways: hit a fundraising goal and become an Ambassador (trip to Africa included), participate in their annual 5K/10K or yoga retreat, buy a ticket to their annual documentary screening, or attend a donation based yoga class.
This year’s Red Carpet Documentary Screening is the evening of July 13 in Newport Beach, CA and your ticket includes: documentary screening, red carpet photos, cocktail and appetizers, access to bid on silent auction items, and participation in a Q&A session with Lindsey and Joel Misango, who will be making his maiden voyage to the U.S. for this event. Get tickets at: www.thekidsofkekopey.eventbrite.com
With My Own Two Hands Foundation is a 501(c)(3) volunteer based nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing sustainable solutions for projects in Africa that benefit children in need. We believe that in order to diminish poverty we must start with the children. Our goal is to ensure that children in need have the necessities of shelter, education, water, and agriculture.