For the Love of Joy: An Inspiring Update from CFI Kenya


October 15, 2018

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This summer, we told you about Joy, a little girl in Kenya who faced not just stigma, but real mortal danger. In parts of Africa where superstitions are deeply ingrained, albinos are considered “bad luck” and are sometimes even sold to witch doctors (or killed and sold) because of the belief that their body parts have magical properties.

Joy, who has just stolen George’s glasses. 🙂

CFI Kenya has been combating these superstitions for years, and recently founded a Humanist Orphans Center to assist children abandoned or endangered because of witchcraft accusations. That’s why Joy’s mother came to CFI Kenya’s executive director, George Ongere, for help. With financial assistance from CFI Transnational, George was able to get Joy into a school where she would be safe and cared for.

Now George has sent us an update in the form of a video of Joy at her new school, and as you’ll see, she more than lives up to her name. She is truly delightful.

Thinking about the positive impact CFI Kenya can continue to have on children’s lives, George wrote to us, “Imagine this: In your old age, you walk in the village and these children just say ‘Thank you.’ I am currently 34 years, and I believe I will make an impact to the rural areas. Yes, that is what I will need in my old age! Just a ‘thank you.’”

We could not be prouder of the incredible work George is doing for kids like Joy. So let us join what will no doubt be a growing chorus: Thank you, George!

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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the Council for Secular Humanism. The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Visit CFI on the web at centerforinquiry.org.