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All Ya’ll podcast features our own Elizabeth B.

“And I decide in that moment, I’m going to turn around. I’m going to keep walking away from her. Because in this one moment, for Charlotte, I am not going to arrest the intoxication and I’m not going to soothe the terror. I’m going to let her ride out the full arc of both of those emotions so she can be one step closer to the kind of courageous and resilient grown woman that she is trying to become.”

That piece of moving narrative comes from our brilliant Elizabeth Beauvais who took the stage in Louisiana last month for a storytelling podcast about the time she let her eight-year-old daughter run away from home. For 45 minutes. Grab a beer, a burrito, a box of tissues and listen to “The Chipotle Rebellion.”

We’re so proud of you, Elizabeth!

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Another year with Ameena

Ameena_Kids A cause close to the heart of The Mathews Group is Ameena Project, a nonprofit focused on improving the lives of children in extreme poverty. Ameena Project operates Ameena Centre, a preschool in Kiang’ombe, Kenya, creating a sanctuary for learning, wellness and opportunity. Our very own Tia Over serves on Ameena’s board of directors.

In 2015, we sponsored five “graduates” of Ameena Centre preschool into their first year of primary school. Recently, we received a progress report on our “Mathews Five,” and, in all honesty, it was difficult for us to read. Some of our students have lost a parent and experienced extreme malnutrition and associated health problems. But we were encouraged to learn they are performing at “average” to “excellent” levels, and we are honored to be able to offer them another year of primary school sponsorship in 2016.

Two other bright spots of progress: running water was recently introduced to the village and school property, and a fundraising Ameena_Kids_2effort is currently underway to build a playground on the property. We supported the playground project by creating a direct mail piece to encourage donations.

If you are interested in receiving regular updates from the Ameena Project, let us know and we’ll send you the newsletter we create as part of our pro-bono support for Ameena. And if you wish to join us in supporting Ameena Project, you can do so here.