Ruth Owuor came to America in 1996 from Kenya, East Africa, with $20 in her pocket. She left behind a patriarchal culture in which women were often abused. Her country of Kenya was also being ravaged by AIDS, leaving thousands of children orphaned and homeless.
In order to support herself, Ruth started a small business selling items at flea markets and later at the local mall. As her business grew, God continued to burden her heart for orphans and abused women in Kenya. As she was able, she would send money to family in Kenya who eventually bought a piece of land, built a very simple shelter, and began feeding and housing abused women and orphans.
Although Ruth was the sole financial supporter of the orphanage, without the help of her family in Kenya this ministry could never have developed. Ruth's daughter, Dorothy Owuor Semo, was the one who served as administrator and oversaw the daily operations of the orphanage.
Ruth returned to Kenya in May 2012 to personally direct the ministry. Ruth's vision is for Mescal's Kids to grow up to be strong Christian leaders who greatly impact Kenya and the world for the kingdom of God.