Encouraging Growth with Hope for Lilian

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Encouraging Growth with Hope for Lilian

Encouraging growth through teaching English as a Second Language has given me the experience of receiving overwhelming gratitude for assisting an individual in overcoming barriers to success. In America, learning English opens the door to all kinds of opportunities that might not be available otherwise. In other countries, learning English may not be enough because cultural barriers and lack of opportunity combine to keep an individual from achieving their dreams.

As the scripture says,

Fading sun against a tree commonly seen at Maasai Mara, January 2013. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

Fading sun against a tree commonly seen at Maasai Mara, January 2013. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

–Proverbs 13:12

  • What is the point of going to school if you know you will not be able to continue at some point due to lack of finances?
  • What is the point of getting really good grades if you are promised to be married at a young age?
  • What is the point of working hard when you know that you will just end up pregnant before you can finish school?

Dr. Warren Bruhl’s daughter, Montana Bruhl, had the opportunity to meet such an individual when she was in the Kimana Rift Valley of Kenya with her father in June of 2014.

Lilian, Montana Bruhl, and her grandmother, Mrs. Sandy Taylor, among the students of Kimana Primary School, Kenya, June 2014.

Lilian, Montana Bruhl, and her grandmother, Mrs. Sandy Taylor, among the students of Kimana Primary School, Kenya, June 2014.

Lilian is a bright 15 year old primary 7 student (7th grade in US) in the Enkai School in the rural bush area outside Kimana, Kenya.  Lilian stood out as a leader demonstrating talent and poise.  She seemed to exude something special and had very strong leadership.  We learned she was the head of her class but would be unable to attend high school because the family cannot afford to send her.

ON THE OTHER HAND

  • What if you have a dream, a supportive family, and the finances to continue in school?
  • What if the opportunity is provided for you to go to college?
  • What if you take this opportunity and work really hard?
  • How would this affect your life?
  • How would it impact your family?

Montana took the opportunity to interview Lilian so we could hear her tell us in her own words:

 Lilian has a dream of becoming a pilot so she can help her mother and five brothers have a better life.

Montana Bruhl with Lilian, June 2014.

Montana Bruhl with Lilian, June 2014.

Montana has decided to raise funds and create a scholarship for Lilian. Her goal and Dreamweaver’s goal is to provide education for Lilian through college.

Today is the day to join Montana, Dr. Warren Bruhl, and Dreamweaver International in making a difference in Lilian’s life, encouraging growth, providing hope, and opening an opportunity for impacting Lilian and her family that will ultimately provide an example for other Maasai in the region.

For further information on how you can help Montana support Lilian through high school, contact Dr. Warren Bruhl via email: dr.bruhl@dreamweaver911.org or other members of  the Board through Dreamweaver International.

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