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Working with Orphaned Children in Africa

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Created by Ashley Downer on January 20, 2014EAST LANSING, MII will be traveling to Kisumu, Kenya in May for a month. During that time I will partner with locally run youth organizations and assist them on their projects. Chipukuzi Bapaya and Young County Change Makers seek to improve educational, environmental and health conditions in urban Kisumu and the surrounding villages. This program’s focus is on Malaria prevention, food security for orphans and vulnerable children and environmental sustainability. We will also work on projects in literacy and tutoring through the support and development of libraries, early childhood education centers and local community gardens.

Being a graduating senior, nothing would be more thrilling than to have the opportunity to experience Africa, a lifelong aspiration of mine. As I am a Food Industry Management major with a specialization in Sustainable Agriculture, the focus of this program is the perfect complement to the education I have already received at Michigan State University. Studying abroad will give me the opportunity to observe and apply personal experience to all I have learned as an undergrad.

In order to relieve the financial costs of my trip, I am asking for your help! The trip is total $6,810. Studying abroad in Kenya will be something truly special and utterly amazing. Any donation is greatly appreciated!

Thank you, in advance.




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