I quit my job, moved to Malawi, and discovered my life's purpose.
It was an act of desperation, with the hope that I would find meaning and direction for my life. It didn’t take long.
It didn't take long. A few months after moving, a local Malawian man named Blessings asked if he could take me to a nearby village and show me something. I was curious, hungry for adventure, and agreed to go.
He drove me out to meet a lady named Rosina. She was 70 years old, she hadn't eaten in a week, and her house had a big hole in the roof. As someone who grew up in wealthy America, meeting Rosina face-to-face was shocking. I knew extreme material poverty existed. But now it was standing in front of me, looking me right in the eye.
Blessings said Rosina needed $700 to build a new house. I instinctively handed him my camera and filmed my first-ever video that I would send to donors asking for help.
I put together a fundraising video and launched it on social media. There was an explosion of excitement from my network back at home. Every week I would release new videos showing the progress, and asking for help to complete the next stage of the school. People back home loved seeing the impact and joy they were creating in real-time. And after a few months, the whole thing was funded and built!
The first class at Girl's Shine Academy was 120 students, and today there are over 300. After this experience, I knew the world needed a way to fundraise for needs like this all over the world.