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First Girl's Soccer Team in Kenya
Noonetime Charities' hole at the golf tournament was manned by Meghan and Noonetime board member, photographer and artist Ksenia Poulber, who were able to speak with the golfers an inform them about the charity and their mission. They gave out Noonetime Charities umbrelles to everyone who came through. Many golfers donated and purchased photos from Poulber's Peruvian Collection in which Noontime Charities received 20% of the proceeds.
Noonetime Charities is a non-profit organization that is based on the first girl’s soccer team that Meghan created at Mama Na Dada in 2008 to empower women and children struggling with HIV AIDS and Malaria. “The girls were considered too slow and too weak to play sports,” said Meghan. “I could not understand the mentality. I could not wrap my brain around it."
I asked the male teachers in the village who had been spreading this assumption that girls were too weak, "How do you know they are too slow? Have you ever given them the chance to play?” The answer was No!
Noone also realized that giving the girls in Kenya an opportunity at equality wasn’t the only task at hand. That’s where the clean water project came into play. After winning $22,000 on a Ryan Seacrest TV show for the soccer team she founded, Dada Meghan GFC, and for the Circle of Hope Daycare at Mama Na Dada, Meghan realized how great of an impact it had and wanted to do more to help. “They can’t play soccer if their daily needs aren’t being met. They need clean water and medication for HIV and Malaria so I decided to start the 501c3 organization. This gives people an opportunity to make a tax deductible donation while joining forces with me to make lives a little better at Mama Na Dada in Kisumu, Kenya." said Noone. She says getting her non-profit off the ground was a grueling process, and now that it is a registered 501c3 organization, her immediate goal is to raise $50,000 for the Kunya Water and Sanitation Project.
Meghan is heading back to Kenya on July 15 2012. Her girl’s soccer team, Dada Meghan Girls' Football Club, holds an annual football tournament where people can come to support the soccer program, cheer on the girls, learn about HIV and AIDS, receive medication and learn how to prevent as well as to take care of themselves. Noone strongly believes God placed her at Mama Na Dada in Kenya back in 2008 for a reason.
Meghan is also a published author. In her very personal, uplifting, and engaging literary debut, "Where Faith Led Me" Los Angeles based fitness model, producer, and actress Meghan Noone invites you along to share in a remarkable journey that took her across the globe and into the depths of her soul. She opens the doors of her heart to you as she recounts two seemingly separate experiences, one occurring in Africa, the other in Hollywood, which would come to be divinely interwoven, simultaneously bringing joy, healing, and empowerment to both Meghan and a special group of women and girls she would come to encounter in Kenya.
To learn more about "Where Faith Led Me", please visit www.meghannoone.com. A portion of the book proceeds go towards Noonetime Charities.
To make a tax deductible donation to Noonetime Charities, please visit www.noonetimecharities.org. Everyone who contributes will get a brick with their name and hometown inscribed on it and added to The Maji Water Walk at Mama Na Dada.