THE STORY: Atiir was a small seven year old our group had discovered while doing a walk through in the community. We quickly learned she had been betrothed in exchange of food and goats due to the draught. The colorful beaded necklace signifies this arrangement and is unfortunately common in Turkana, Kenya. I chose to watercolor this moment when her aunt and grandmother had decided to break the marriage and send Atiir to school. Breaking the beads broke cultural norms and opened new doors for this young child. It is my hope we may continue to find these precious girls and steer them into education. Claiming victory for this sweet child of God!
- Support A Small Business & Do Good: 20% of each Kenyan watercolor print will support the Anaheim Days for Girls organization I am involved in. It is an organization that gives young girls and women a fighting opportunity to continue their education through receiving a handmade menstruation kit we ourselves help produce. I have seen first hand what a world of a difference it makes when girls continue to show up day after day to school when having your period is no longer a worry or taboo.