Investing in a Village in Kenya

PUBLISHED originally online at The Seattle Times

by Nicole Brodeur

September 4, 2005

The bar is closed, but the TV is on, projecting images that have sobered us for days.

Roofs poke out from Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters. People cry in an arena built for cheering. In New Orleans, one of America’s jewels, people have lost everything they own, along with hope. So I ask Debra Akre and Jeana King why I should care about Kenya, where they have started a secondary school in the city of Ngomano.

You have to teach people, King said, even in the most dire of circumstances, to be self-sustaining. Teach them skills. Give them something to believe in.

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