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Holy Innocents' Episcopal School Junior Climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Emma van Beuningen, a junior at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, spent several weeks this summer working with orphans on Kenana Farm in Kenya, and then trekking to the snowy summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Her project on the farm was not only to work at the orphanage but also to help identify and interview talented local children for a scholarship fund.

"What (Patrick Scott) does is try and find very smart children who come from very poor backgrounds," wrote Emma in her blog, Emma in Kenya. "He then raises money to help them pay their way through secondary school and sometimes university. It is so amazing that these children come from such poor backgrounds but are still able to make A's in school.

"In one of the interviews, Patrick was asking the boy about his home and where he lived. This boy rents land for 200 shillings a month (a little over 2 dollars) and lives in a house made of mud. He sleeps on rags on the dirt floor, and walks 4 kilometers to a river to get his water. Also, they do not have electricity in his house and they do their cooking on firewood which his mother collects during the day. ... All this boy wanted was enough money to pay his way through school so that he has a chance to make a living for himself."

For more about Emma's adventures in Kenya and Tanzania, visit: http://emmavanbeuningen.blogspot.com/

 

 

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