Carrie Reichartz's 2012 book, "From Lawyer to Missionary: A Journey to Kenya and Back Again," details her experiences in in the east-central African nation, but there is more to it than that.
It helps pay for the pregnancy crisis center she is working to establish in Mombasa, Kenya.
Young women who become pregnant, often from rape or sexual abuse, are banished from their families at least during the pregnancy and banished from school and have literally nowhere to go, Reichartz said. The pregnancy crisis center will give a place for up to 12 young women to live with a house mother and will help them figure out what to do after the baby is born.
Between proceeds from the book, sold on Amazon.com, and money Reichartz has raised at craft shows, she has nearly $9,000 of the $26,000 needed to start the center.
Lots of people would just let someone else do it, but Reichartz doesn't see things that way.
"They need this, and if not me, then who?" she said. "They don't even know what they (pregnancy crisis centers) are."
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