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Students return to Kenya to build, serve and learn

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North Central students are eager to return to Nairobi, Kenya, July 17-Aug. 2, for the fourth consecutive summer to serve with the nonprofit ministry Koinonia Community, which works with street children and women and youth from poor backgrounds. Eight students and one staff member will also visit Kibera, one of Africa’s largest slums; help with construction projects in western Kenya; and meet with a representative from the International Justice Mission (IJM) and an analyst from the Clinton Foundation. The meeting with IJM was arranged through the College’s connections with IJM president and CEO Gary Haugen, giving students an opportunity to learn firsthand about the group’s efforts in Nairobi. The connection with the Clinton Foundation was made through Professor of Philosophy Tad Lehe’s son, who works for the Foundation. Students will hear an overview of his work with the foundation and what it’s like to work on location in Africa with the organization. This trip is organized by the Office of Ministry and Service and led by Whitney Roberts, assistant director of ministry and service. The student travelers include Emily Vose ’10, Steve Oliveri ’11, Tim Whitney ’11, Kaitie Aufterheide ’11, Megan Smith ’11, Erica McCauley ’11, Patrick Anderson ’12 and Holly Larsen ’12. Photo: Amy Griggs ’08, previous trip to Kenya