We all have goals and dreams, some small, some big. Some even seem impossible, but if your child dreams it, you find a way.
This is the story of My 100 Daughters.
In 2014, my four-year old daughter Eden wished one night for “100 sisters,” and I felt a chill run through my body.
Why did she want 100 sisters? To play with, of course and to love! Eden had four brothers and was the only sister in our family. At times I worried if she felt like she fit in. With four rowdy boys, was that even possible? She wanted to dance, dress-up, share bunk beds and more. 100 sisters would work just fine! But to me, my heart felt a pull.
A year earlier in 2013, I’d watched a documentary explaining the challenges many girls from India faced. “What if that was my own daughter,” I’d contemplated and had been thinking of these girls every since. In my mind, when Eden said “I want 100 sisters,” I instantly felt a connection to 100 daughters from India. Suddenly, every girl was my daughter, every girl as precious as Eden.
But there’s more.
Around the same time, I’d had a dream about a little girl from India and I was mesmerized. There was an unexplainable connection. It was months later, Eden described seeing a little girl in her dreams, “My sister,” she’d said. At that moment we realized we had seen the same little girl.
We found the life-changing nonprofit Rising Star Outreach and for $1.00 a day per child, our sponsorship helps several girls from a leprosy colony receive education, medical care, food and more, but it wasn’t enough. It wasn’t yet 100!
I want Eden to know goals are worth fighting for and dreams come true. I want her to know we will help these girls, but what could her and I do together? As a blogger and author, my first instinct was to create a book to sell, raise awareness and make donations. Lovingly researched through photographs, interviews and true accounts we learned more about the incomprehensible poverty and hunger. A specific story was when several beggar girls rushed to eat pieces of a coconut which had been run over by a scooter. Do these girls have birthday parties, play with dolls or dance on stage? In my illustrations they do. Eden dreams of princesses and mermaids, so I drew the girls of India as such. Each illustration I drew Eden wanted to color. That was it! A coloring book! In 2017, My 100 Daughters of India coloring book was published and money was raised, but more needs to be done.
With a passion for entrepreneurship and experience in e-commerce, welcome to My 100 Daughters fashion, where we bring beautiful clothing, jewelry and culture to continue in our efforts to sponsor 100 girls from India. Eden and I say thank you from the bottom of our hearts.