When we asked Julia why she started saving her pennies, she told us the idea just popped into her head. She said, "If I were poor, I would want somebody to help me."
And so at five years of age, she collected any and all change that she could get her hands on. She collected coins everywhere. Sometimes even at the expense of her Dad's coffee money!
Julia saved one thousand, seven hundred pennies!
At that same time, Jill Carty, Founder, and her husband Jim, were able to carry Julia's money with them on their first trip to Kenya, with the promise that they would be sure it met a need there. They were able to purchase three soccer balls at the local market with Julia's money and donate them on her behalf to a school in Garissa, Kenya.
Impressed that such a small child wanted to help them, out of their poverty the school staff had two Somali-style dresses made for us to bring back to Julia. This gesture of thanks from the children of Africa was well received by Julia. She even wore her new dress to bed!
Here we are in the snow wearing our Somali-style dresses. Sorry for the poor quality of the picture, but we really wanted to share it with you.
Knowing we had to do something more to help these beautiful African children, when we came home it seemed like the next logical step to match Julia's desire with our own. And so, The Julia Project was born!
Knowing we had to do something more to help these beautiful African children, when we came home it seemed like the next logical step to match Julia's desire with our own.
And so, The Julia Project was born!
Julia is the third born of four children in her busy household. Her favorite subject at school is English.
Julia is a true "girlie-girl." She loves to wear jewelery and to dress up. Frills and tiara's were her style from the time she was little, and her favorite color is pink.
However, Julia isn't afraid to get dirty either. She loves to go camping and fishing with her family.
Julia's parents say from the time she was born she's been easy going, sensitive and tender-hearted. Since she was very little, Julia expressed compassion by sharing toys or snacks with others.