Meet the global members of the Balance & Grace Pilates Family: Christine Mukiri Wangari, Gloria Arroyo Auka, & Neville Onchiri Morias
Meet Christine, Gloria, and Neville, the global members of our Balance & Grace Pilates Family. All three of them live in Kenya and attend the Joska school there through the support of CMF (Christian Mission Fund) International. We are excited to be a part of their world and for them to be a part of ours!
When we learned about the wonderful opportunity we have to partner with CMF International and Mission of Hope International to commit to sponsoring the monthly educational, medical, nutritional, and spiritual needs of young people around the world we jumped on board. We might be continents apart but because “EVERY Body Matters” we hold these young people close to our hearts. We are excited to see how we can make a difference for young people- all the way from Glendora, CA to Kenya, Africa! If you are interested in learning about ways to support the amazing work that CMF and Mission of Hope are doing around the world – perhaps even sponsoring a child of your own!- you can check out their website atwww.cmfi.org. Check this section of the website often as we will be posting more information as it becomes available about our friends in Kenya.
A Message From our Owner, Christine Ivy: "When I pause to consider my life, I’m overwhelmed with the realization of how blessed we all are. No matter the struggles we may be facing, we are blessed with basics like food, clothing, education, and shelter. We don’t often worry about empty tummies or being safe at night or if we can keep warm or locate clean water. Not everyone is so fortunate. But the good news is we can do something to change that!
There is a reason the studio "adopted" a young girl with the same namesake as its studio owner- and that’s because but by the Grace of God I could be in her worn out, barely held together shoes and she could be in my Toe Sox working with all of you awesome ladies and men day in and out. None of us is here by chance and any one of us could be facing different circumstances. But we have the opportunity to give back and, by expressing gratitude, receive more in return than we could ever possibly give away. Its always the right time to discover new ways to give back and pay it forward. We are truly all in this together. Xoxo" . ~Christine Studio Owner, Balance & Grace Pilates
The school that Christine, Gloria, and Neville attend is sponsored by Mission of Hope International. In 2009, a small nursery school was opened at the nearby Joska boarding school, operated by CMF's local partner organization, Missions of Hope International. This school was opened in an effort to reach these impoverished children living in the rural areas outside of Nairobi so that they may also hear the message of the Gospel and find hope for a better life.Click here to learn about the Joska/Kausyani school, its staff, and all the amazing work they are doing for these young children.