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BRATTLEBORO >> On Feb. 19, a group of nine teens and elders associated with the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group returned from a trip to Kenya.
This is the third such service trip which has given local teens the opportunity to live with and learn from teens in Kenya but this marks an especially exciting time as they will be there for the opening of a secondary school, which has just been completed.
Guilford Community Church, UCC, has sponsored children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in the village of Kaiguchu since 2006 by providing food and uniforms for the children but until now the children had only the possibility of a primary school education.
Through a partnership with Cross Cultural Thresholds, a nonprofit based in Connecticut, the church has been able to renovate a deserted building and bring water, a kitchen and dormitories to allow children to board at the new secondary school.
The group of nine spent two days acclimating in Nairobi and then traveled to the village for the school opening. They also provided tie-dye T-shirts for the school children and uniforms for the secondary students, as well as a computer and medical supplies for the local dispensary.
Guilford resident Richard Davis is a nurse and has worked to gather first aid kits for the schools. Wanda Salter and Todd Roy from Saxtons River Congregational Church,UCC, along with their children, Tim and Alice, and Rev. Lise Sparrow, Connie Woodberry, Rhys Glennon and Payton Lawrence from the Guilford Community Church completed the group.
The teens looked forward to participating in a school day in the village and to a safari at Masai Mara Wildlife Game Preserve, the culmination of the trip. They will offer a presentation on Sunday, Feb. 28, at noon at Guilford Church. Everyone is welcome to attend.