On her last day of visiting Timbwani, a small village in Kenya, in 1997, a palm tree branch fell on Linda Greenland's head and knocked her unconscious. Although a tragic accident, amazing things happened because of it.
After the unfortunate incident, Greenland, now 61, from Bristol, UK, was taken to the hospital where she woke up to sweet get-well messages from local kids. But not only that, villagers also came and kept her company while she was there for three weeks.
Moved by the loving nature of the Kenyan people and her bond with the children, she decided to devote her life to helping them overcome poverty.
"I had plenty of time to think, and it made me realize that this was happening for a reason and I could help these people," Greenland told Mirror.co.uk.
Greenland founded the Maji Safi charity, which means clean water in Swahili. By talking to groups and churches about the charity's goals, they've raised 1.7 million dollars allowing two schools and two nurseries to be built. Linda's charity also supplies students with equipment and uniforms.
As of today, 900 kids have gone to the two schools, and are prospering more than ever. The kids have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, and teachers and now work in the village.
Although lately fewer donations are being given to Greenland's charity, what she has done so far is truly astounding. And to think it all started because a tree branch fell on her head.
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