Whatcom Residents Take Teaching to Task In Kenya

PUBLISHED in “The Northern Light”

by Brandy Kiger

February 27, 2013

 

When Kenya vice president Stephen Kolonzo and his wife Pauline opened a school to educate 20 impoverished children under their care, they quickly found themselves in over their heads. So they called on Whatcom County residents Debra Akre and Jeana King of the Tembo Trading Education Project for advice.

“We got a phone call from a contact in Africa and they said ‘You can be here tomorrow, right? Because I said you would be able to’,” Akre said. “We knew we were going over to meet the vice president and his wife, but we didn’t know why or what that meant.”

In 2003, Akre took a leap and went to  Kenya to help open a college of business administration program. “At first I didn’t think it was a good idea, or that I would want to do it,” Akre said. “But Jeana convinced me to go.” Akre applied and was immediately accepted for the 7-month volunteer teaching position.

While there, King came to visit, and like Akre, she too fell in love with the area and its people.

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