12:21pm

Thu December 8, 2011
Katie Davis Recognized for Work in Africa

BeliefNet Award for Brentwood Woman

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  A Nashville-area woman has been honored as an inspiration for her work with needy children in Africa.

Beliefnet, an online site focusing on spirituality, chose Katie Davis of Brentwood for its Editor's Choice Award

After traveling to Uganda in 2006 when she was just 16, Davis started a ministry two years later that matches children there with sponsors worldwide who donate funds to pay for their schooling.

The organization also provides lunch to 1600 children and operates a vocational training project. Corin Gatti is a Beliefnet editor.

"It's just an incredible story of how this young girl adopted (unclear) children and just gave up going to college and gave up a social life to move to another country. That's what Beliefnet is about: Finding people like Katie Davis and highlighting how they're changing their world and our world."

Davis' charity is called Amazima (uh-mahz-i-muh) which means "truth” in one of the local dialects. To learn more visit the website amazima.org.