Understanding the Experiences of Life with Montana Bruhl

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Understanding the Experiences of Life with Montana Bruhl

Understanding the experiences of life has taught Dr. Warren Bruhl the value of seeing firsthand exactly what others are doing to assist those who are under resourced in the world. Recently, he took his daughter, Montana Bruhl, to Kenya for two weeks, ostensibly to visit her grandmother, Sandy Taylor and see the work she is doing in the Kimana Rift Valley alongside Ken TaylorMontana states:

Students in front of the KSLPS building at the end of their semester, June 2014.

Students in front of the KSLPS building at the end of their semester, June 2014.

After driving through four hours of barren land and small villages, we arrived at the “Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies” property. This is the college that my grandparents built. To say that they built something out of nothing would be an understatement. The mere fact that they were able to gather the supplies, resources, and staff necessary to build and run a school in this desolate area is a miracle. Currently, they have 50 students, with another 82 coming in August 2014. —Montana Bruhl

Nothing can take the place of understanding the experiences of life like actually being there and feeling what it is like to live, work, eat, and breathe the air of a particular place. Just as Montana did, you come face to face with the realities of what people experience in their world. Feeling somewhat surreal, Montana relates:

Students at KSLPS debate "early marriage is better than late marriage," May 2014.

Students at KSLPS debate “early marriage is better than late marriage,” May 2014.

I attended a debate between the students at KSLPS. The motion they were debating was “Early marriage is better than late marriage.” Although I intended only to sit in and watch, when I arrived, they coerced me in to participating, and before I knew it I was one of the listed speakers. I advocated for the opposing argument, stating that I believe late marriage is better for a multitude of reasons. This debate is very relevant to their culture because it’s common that a girl will be married before she has even reached adulthood. —Montana Bruhl

Lilian and her family outside their home with Montana and Dr. Warren Bruhl, June 2014.

Lilian and her family outside their home with Montana and Dr. Warren Bruhl, June 2014.

Most significantly, what you gain in these situations is the opportunity to see how you can make a difference. For Montana, this came in the form of making friends with a girl named Lilian, who is 14 years old, and has five brothers. Currently, she lives with her mother and two brothers in a two-room shack. Soon they will have to leave their home because her family no longer owns the land plot. They will move to an unfinished two-room hut, with no roof over their heads. Aside from her oldest brother, Paul, none of her other brothers have been able to continue their education past eighth grade, which will also be Lilian’s fate.

I asked Lilian what her dream was. She informed me that she would like to become a pilot one day. She would like to continue on to high school and eventually college. Lilian is at the top of her class and I can tell she is a determined, hard-working individual. She is so charismatic and I believe that if she had the opportunity, she would do something wonderful in life.

She really captured my heart.

Montana congratulating Lilian after she won all four of the track races she competed in that morning, June 2014.

Montana congratulating Lilian after she won all four of the track races she competed in that morning, June 2014.

After we left, I spent the rest of the day thinking of ways to raise money to send her to high school. If I could raise $1,500, that would be enough to get her through all four years of high school. After that, my grandmother would consider financially supporting her attendance at the Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies (KSLPS) college. I am determined to make this happen. Visiting the college and talking with some of the women would help Lilian see that her goals are in fact, achievable. Additionally, I’m going to continue brainstorming ways that I can support her continuing on to high school. I truly believe she is deserving of it and will reach her goals if given the opportunity. —Montana Bruhl

Today is the day to make an impact in the life of one individual by helping

Montana on Poacher's Lookout at Tsavo West National Park with an incredible view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, June 2014.

Montana on Poacher’s Lookout at Tsavo West National Park with an incredible view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, June 2014.

Montana raise money to support Lilian through four years of high school, which will give her the opportunity to go to college.

Assisting the most vulnerable and under resourced of the world raises the hopes of all those impacted by their improvement, and creates a bridge that connects us together, easing the burden of all. When we help others, we receive the benefit of understanding the experiences of life through shouldering some of their vulnerability and sharing the courage and strength that makes us all better human beings.

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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2 Comments

  1. Excellent experience; what a marvelous encounter for both women–a moving reality of the needy and the giver. I will join by contributing to achieve their goals. Count me in.

    • Thank you, Alfredo, for that comment. Yes, when we engage with individuals to help them and there is obviously no way they can pay us back, it changes us. We receive something in the exchange that cannot be described; it feels a bit like we are the recipients. It is simultaneously humbling and healing. Thank you for desiring to join us in helping Lilian.

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