That moment at the bathroom mirror set my life on an entirely new path—one that led to starting a nonprofit (Hope Runs) and joining a then-tiny startup called Twitter. By sending my first tweets from that orphanage in Kenya, I placed myself early on at the nexus of Twitter and social good. In 2009, when Twitter cofounder Biz Stone offered me a spot at the company to pursue this very passion, I leaped.
Throughout it all, I have often thought back on that moment in the orphanage bathroom. The moment I became the Christian I was born to be. The moment where I fell, headlong.
Claire Diaz-Ortiz is Twitter's manager for social innovation (@Claire) and coauthor of Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption (Revell). She is credited with getting Pope Francis on Twitter.