Every amazing adventure starts off as a simple dream. Today I want to share with you a brief glimpse of where the concept of Our Rainbow House began. This story is about Alison and Lizzie and when it all started.
For those of you who don't know, after visiting her son’s sponsor child in a village on the outskirts of Lusaka back in 2002 Alison Ray was left with an overwhelming drive to help the orphaned and vulnerable children.
Then in 2006 Alison and Lizzie travelled to Zambia, up in the north country, in the Copper-belt, where together they worked in an orphanage for 19 children.
They loved every minute of being there and have fond memories. Lizzie is now home from England for a break with her parents in Emerald, Yesterday she and Alison spent time catching up.
Alison said, "You sure develop a special friendship when you work in a tiny little three bedroom house, with no furniture and 19 children. Later we went down to the village near Lusaka, where the School is now, to do some research on how we could help.
Our friend who supplied mattresses to the 19 orphans back then is making scones for us for the Garden Party that is happening on 28 March. Together we can really make a difference."
My friends often ask me; 'how did Our Rainbow House come about?' The other questions people ask me; 'how did you get involved, and why?'
Nearly a year ago I had the pleasure of meeting Leane, one of our beautiful sponsors, at the christening of my adorable twin, God-children. Leane shared photos and the story of Our Rainbow House. I was moved and immediately I wanted to know more.
Several phone calls later, and a meeting in Sydney with Alison I asked how could I become a part Our Rainbow House.
To Alison and Lizzie - thank you for researching the needs of the village that now is the home to Our Rainbow House school. I can see by the smile on your faces that you had a fabulous catch up.
Who am I? I'm CaAtherine, the Web & Social Media Manager, and I'm just one of the many that helps make Our Rainbow House an amazing reality. It doesn't matter where you are in the world, you really can make a difference.