After 93-Year-Old Grandma Flies To Kenya, Reason For Visit Makes National Headlines


Grandparents can build long lasting legacies in their families.

I can proudly say that my sense of humor and loyalty to those close to me are things I learned from my Grandpa. He was the best and I’m thankful that a little bit of him continues to live in me.

Elisa Coltro has a similar relationship with her grandmother. She proudly shared about her grandmother, 93-year-old Norma Irma, right before she took a trip to Kenya.

Why was Norma going to Kenya?

“Not to some tourist resort to be waited on hand and foot, but to go to a village of children, in an orphanage,” Elisa explained.

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Norma had been donating to the orphanage for years. She knew a missionary couple who served there regularly.

But this year she decided simply donating wasn’t enough. She wanted to go there. She wanted to help in person.

Norma’s daughter accompanied her and they plan on being in Kenya for three weeks.

But Elisa joked that due to her energy and big heart, Norma may just decide to stay forever.

In an interview with La Repubblica, Elisa said that that she was overwhelmingly proud of her grandmother when she received the pictures of her getting ready to board the plane.

She just had to share the moment on Facebook.

“I’m showing her to you because I believe that all of us should always keep a dash of recklessness in order to live and not just survive. Look at her… Who’s stopping her? I love her,” Elisa continued.

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Elisa has definitely taken after Norma and has spent the summers of 2016 and 2017 serving refugees in Greece. She hopes to return again in the summer of 2018.

Norma has built an incredible legacy; one built in love and genuine concern for others. What can be better than that?

Grandparents are definitely sweet gifts from above! Did your grandparents leave a legacy like Norma has for her family?

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Kayla has been a staff writer for The Western Journal since 2018.
Kayla Kunkel began writing for The Western Journal in 2018.
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