My name is Marla and I'm the Backpackin' Granny and founder of Bright Star Vision. After raising my three sons and working for many years as a mainframe systems programmer, I went on a solo backpacking adventure to Ghana West Africa in 2005. I am the luckiest person in the world because I met some amazing young men and together we created a mini library in a school in a remote village. We have been working together ever since and my life has changed forever. I love to visit the children in the villages who participate in our educational programs.