Editor's Choice Winner: Katie Davis
Beliefnet is proud to announce that Katie Davis is the Editor’s Choice for Most Inspiring Person of 2011. This amazing woman gave up her own dreams to live for others and inspired the editorial staff with her sacrifice at such a young age. To honor Davis, Beliefnet will donate $1,000 to Amazima Ministries to help her continue to reach children in need.
In December of 2006, 18-year-old Katie Davis traveled to Uganda and was immediately captivated with the people and the culture. The following summer she returned to teach Kindergarten at an orphanage. Learning there were few government run public schools, Davis was compelled to start a child sponsorship program, matching children who are unable to afford schooling with sponsors from around the world. $300 per year covered one child’s schooling, supplies, 3 hot meals each day, spiritual discipleship, and medical care. Originally planning to serve 40 children; over 150 signed up by January 2008, leading Davis to establish a nonprofit organization called Amazima Ministries International. With over 400 children now served through her nonprofit, it ministers to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the people of Uganda. This inspirational young woman is also the mother of 13 adopted daughters and plans to open an Amazima School in 2012.