h.o.w? Ministry founder receives local recognition

Founder and Executive Director Michelle Outman was featured recently in two Cape Girardeau, Missouri, publications and has been nominated for the Zonta Woman of Achievement Award.

Jul 3, 2016

h.o.w? Ministry founder receives local recognition

Founder and Executive Director Michelle Outman was featured recently in two Cape Girardeau, Missouri, publications and has been nominated for the Zonta Woman of Achievement Award.

h.o.w? Ministry founder receives local recognition

h.o.w? Ministry Founder and Executive Director Michelle Outman was featured recently in two Cape Girardeau, Missouri,  publications and has been nominated for the Zonta Woman of Achievement Award to be presented to a local community leader in November.

Michelle and h.o.w? Ministry were featured in the Summer 2016 issue of Flourish, a magazine publication of the Southeast Missourian newspaper in Cape Girardeau: Serving ‘the least of these’: Michelle Outman runs h.o.w.? Ministry in Cape Girardeau to help women in Africa (pdf)

The newspaper also published an editorial in support of h.o.w? Ministry: Local mission attacks African poverty at the root (pdf):

The women and children served by h.o.w? are living in extreme conditions most of us would struggle to imagine. They endure poverty, disease and malnutrition. These are great obstacles that cannot be overcome all at once, but every little bit helps. And by attacking them at the root, missions such as Outman’s bring hope to corners of the world where it is badly needed.” – Southeast Missourian

The Woman of Achievement Award is presented to a local community leader who is accomplished and has contributed to the community while also excelling in her field. The winner will be recognized at the annual Zonta Women of Achievement Luncheon on Nov. 18, 2016.

The Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau is a chartered member of Zonta International. Working with 33,000 other Zontians in 67 countries, it is a global organization of executives and professionals. Its mission is to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Photo: Michelle Outman shares a tender moment with Rose Waithera Ndung’u in June 2015 at the dedication of land on which Rose’s new home would be built thanks to h.o.w? donors. Rose’s home was completed this summer and is situated next door to Mary Wangare Njoroge, the blind widow for whom Rose is caregiver. Rose is among approximately 30 women of rural Kinangop who participate in h.o.w? Ministry programs. They receive training, supplies and support, and their handiwork, including jewelry, baskets and scarves, is purchased at fair market value and brought to the U.S. for resale to further support the ministry. 

A tender moment, the realization of an answered prayer.

A tender moment, the realization of an answered prayer.

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