She volunteered at Saint Monica and was approached by the orphanage director, who said that some of the girls needed money to attend high school.
So, Turner returned to the United States and raised $4,000. But after she sent the money she discovered that the orphanage director had not been honest about how much supplies and tuition cost.
That’s when she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Turner started traveling to Kenya three times a year to pay the school fees and buy school supplies herself.
By 2008, she had turned her efforts into the non-profit, Mothers Fighting For Others, and in 2010 they raised enough money to move the Saint Monica girls into a new building, away from the dishonest orphanage director.
The money needed for the move, $45,000, was raised within three months.
Saint Monica just celebrated their fourth anniversary in the new location, and come December they will be celebrating their first university graduate.
It’s a long way to come, Turner said, for girls who were barely going to school before MFFO stepped in.
Now they focus on making sure that the needs of each girl (as well as three boys) are met every day, while trying to find a more permanent home for Saint Monica, which is currently on rented property.
And while it might be overwhelming for Turner to divide her time between Santa Clarita and Nairobi, she said she wouldn’t trade it for anything.
“I would rather be overwhelmed and fulfilled and satisfied and love what I do, than not overwhelmed and trying to figure out what to do with my life…” she said.
Turner has no immediate plans to expand MFFO, but she hopes in the future to raise more money and fund the education of other underprivileged girls, beyond those at Saint Monica.
“Being able to educate hundreds of more girls, that would be it for me…” she said. “There are 66 million girls in the world that aren’t educated… That’s just too many.”
To learn more about Mothers Fighting for Others and how to get involved, click here.
Raising the Curtain Foundation will present a live performance of The Man With Bogart’s Face on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Newhall Family Theatre for the Performing Arts, located at 24607 Walnut Street in Santa Clarita.
The Santa Clarita Veteran Services Collaborative strives to reach out to our veterans, active military and their families, not only to lend support but to help inform the veteran community about resources available to assist in all aspects of their lives.
Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley will host a LifeForward workshop to help participants understand issues impacting our youth and recognize symptoms and behaviors of alcohol and substance abuse on Saturday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The city of Santa Clarita will host the 25th Annual River Rally Cleanup and Environmental Expo on Saturday, September 21, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., starting at the Newhall Community Center located at 22421 Market Street.
To help keep kids safe, the California Highway Patrol is joining its traffic safety partners throughout the state for Child Passenger Safety Week, which begins September 15 and concludes September 21 with National Seat Check Saturday.
Senate Bill 153 has cleared the California Legislature and the industrial hemp bill will now go to Governor Gavin Newsom for final action, the bill's author, Senator Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, announced Friday.
It was a regular day at work for employees at Jimmy Dean’s in Valencia on Thursday until several customers and employees were witnesses to a suspicious man near the restaurant who was removing his clothes.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau detectives are continuing their investigation of Thursday afternoon's deputy-involved shooting in Santa Clarita, according to an LASD update Thursday night.
Moving to keep children off websites like Facebook and Instagram, California lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill barring social media companies from opening an account for anyone under the age of 13 without receiving parental consent.
On Wednesday, Santa Clarita Sheriff’s COBRA detectives, assisted by deputies, detained several local high school students after learning about social media threats regarding committing acts of school violence.