Our story started on the campus of UCLA. Our Founder, Lindsey Pluimer, was an All-American basketball player at UCLA and was studying mass communications. At the same time there were many protests on campus regarding the genocide in Darfur. In one of her classes, Lindsey was studying the lack of media in Darfur and wrote a very meaningful paper regarding the subject matter. In her conclusion paragraph, she committed to one day going to Africa and volunteering in order to help those in need. She stuck true to that promise.
After Lindsey graduated from college, she went on to play professional basketball in Sydney, Australia and Pamplona, Spain. During her offseason she had become a certified yoga instructor and fell in love with yoga and it’s karma giving philosophy.
After winning a championship in Spain, she returned to the States only to leave again, but this time to volunteer in South Africa. She joined a nonprofit organization and spent two weeks with orphaned and disadvantaged children in South Africa.
On her trip, Lindsey was so inspired by the children and saw how a little went such a long way. She recognized how these children lacked the basic necessities of water, food, and education, but yet they were so full of love and life. It was in Africa where her life forever changed.
After Lindsey returned to the states, she decided to retire from playing basketball and start With My Own Two Hands Foundation in 2011 with the commitment of providing children with the basic human rights of water, food and a quality education. With My Own Two Hands is committed to empowering children and communities in need.