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This weekend, Okey and Leslie were are models for the Fix Mix 2.
They generously donated their time and gorgeous Nigerian outfits to allow each of us from After the Fix to practice shooting in studio.
Leslie whispered to me before the shoot, “This is such a dream of ours! Thank you!” and their humility and generosity were so inspiring!
More than simply gorgeous models and incredibly generous people…
…Okey and Leslie are living lives of tremendous impact here and abroad, and I want to share with y’all some of what they are doing.
Leslie Oluchi Nwoke is the co-founder of The Ruby Project a 501(c)3 youth organization that promotes the overall health and success of teen girls (ages 13-18) everywhere through retreats, the performing arts, an interactive online community, and other efforts. The Ruby Project reaches out especially to teen girls in crisis (i.e. abuse, rape, violence, loss of a loved one) and those trying to overcome a personal challenge (ie. poor self-esteem/body-image, bullying, a parent’s addiction) but welcomes all girls into its program.
She is also Miss Nigeria in America 2005 and was recently interviewed and as such has helped with the rehabilitation of trafficking victims as well as being a voice for the voiceless.
Okey Nwoke and Leslie founded Making Noise Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization that aims to use the arts, media, drama, and blogs to raise awareness of social injustice issues in the continent of Africa. Okey was forever changed on a mission trip to east Africa where he came face-to-face with injustice in the forms of trafficking and child labor – and knew he had to be a voice for his generation. He is also a FIERCE step-dancer y’all… go watch!
In July of this year, Okey and Leslie are participating in a very important mission.
They will be going to Ethiopia to work with Engage in Lives at a center named Agar that rescues trafficking victims and helps rebuild their worth, value, and teaches them life skills to ensure that they are not re-trafficked.
Would you prayerfully consider helping my friends continue to make an impact on the world either in Ethiopia, through “liking” and following the Ruby Project, or through “liking” and following Making Noise, Inc.?
A little plus a little equals a lot as Leslie and Okey have shown… and when we come together as the body of Christ people’s lives get changed. Now THAT’s something to dance about!