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June 26, 2019

Church Reaching Out to Help Orphanage in Kenya

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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2019 12:00 am

Fr. Mark Wiesner surprised everyone in the community of St. Charles Borromeo on Easter. Rather than passing the collection baskets to collect money, they included envelopes stuffed with cash for parishioners to use as seed money to generate funds to assist an orphanage in Suba, Kenya.

The Passionist Missionaries of Kenya operate the orphanage which can serve 50 young people, providing them with housing, food, education, recreational activities, access to medical care and more. The facilities are in desperate in need of renovation and improvements. The orphanage was established in 2002 and was thriving until its original benefactors from the Netherlands could no longer be active. Those in Kenya estimate that $62,000 would provide rehabilitation to house and serve the target of 50 youth, as well as dig a bore hole to supply a stable source of clean water. Currently, the only water available to the orphanage is what they capture from rainfall on the roof. The Facebook page “St. Charles Kenya Project” includes pictures and updates on the Project; stcharleslivermore.org also provides information about the orphanage and the Kenya Project.

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