who in your life has loved you?

Who in your life has loved you and cared for you?”

Through tears she said, “No one.

This is the first time for me to ever even share my story.”

allow me to introduce olivia.

olivia was literally starving to death when she came to African Style ( the ugandan name for our jewelry group).

at age three, her mama died. her father began to sexually abuse her for the next 10 years until she ran away. she then was “hired” as a house girl in Kampala. olivia was expected to work from very early in the morning until late at night. she was not allowed to eat while she was there ….and she was never paid. (sadly not uncommon in uganda). which left begging for food for both herself and her toddler age daughter her only option.

since being employed by African Style/Noonday, Olivia now makes not only enough to feed her baby girl, she makes enough money to rent her own room.

And now, she has family;

some one to hear her, to listen to her and to say to her,

“You have worth. God has not forgotten you.”

this is olivia

this is her beautiful face

her baby girl is named rachel

olivia is no different from you or me, except for the country in which she was born. a place where poverty itself can attempt to steal, kill & destroy her. her hope. her future. it can be a daunting task to even try to wrap your mind around all that poverty can do. and all the millions it touches every day.  but what is not daunting is realizing that we can change the life of one in so many ways.

one olivia

she is someone

she has a home and a family

olivia represents exactly why i have a passion for Noonday.

the above necklace is one of my top three favorites from our new spring line

& it’s called the olivia….

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who in your life has loved you?

1 john 3.1

what great love the Father has lavished on us,

that we should be called children of God!

March 1, 2013 - 4:28 pm

Jen Pighini - Oh now that I know the story behind it I want this one too! Such a cute necklace with such a beautiful story. Hmmm, might have to place another order. :-)

March 2, 2013 - 8:43 am

tara - crying tears of joy for this precious woman….praying freedom from the enemy, who would taunt her with memories of her abuse. praying encouragement for her as she is brave enough to tell her story.

thanking GOD that He has always had her in the palm of his hand…he has always been with her…thankful he brought her out into a spacious place and that he delights in her.

beautiful tribute to her. :)

March 2, 2013 - 8:53 am

jennifer - thank you for sharing that story!

March 4, 2013 - 8:46 am

Melissa Caligiuri - beautiful story, paige .. and beautiful necklace!

March 29, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Brieana Militello - Such a beautiful story I love all the noonday pieces so much that it was taking me forever to pick out a necklace…and the second I heard about Olivia I had to buy it! Can’t wait for it to arrive! :)

June 20, 2013 - 7:27 am

by the dock & a few summer essentials » simple thoughts from Paige Knudsen Photography - [...] madison is also wearing the Olivia necklace. the olivia necklace is exclusive to Noonday. it’s made of chunky paper beads & fabric found at the market in Uganda.  you may remember i shared the powerful story about the real life  Olivia here. [...]

October 4, 2013 - 12:27 am

Spring..the hope of new life. » Between You & Me - […] winner of the Noonday Gift Certificate is ginnbelle, comment #21.I’ll send your email to Paige so that she can get your gift certificate code to […]

October 4, 2013 - 12:27 am

Noonday Spring Collection GIVE AWAY » Between You & Me - […] a light and your just cause like the Noonday sun. {Psalm 37:6} I sat and cried when I read Olivia’s story.  She had never shared it before she joined African Style, which is Noonday’s Ugandan name […]

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