Students Raise Money for Kenyan Orphans

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CBNNews.com  - The gift of giving knows no age nor boundary. This is especially true for one kindergarten class in Mississippi.

The students at Northeast Elementary in Lauderdale County raised almost $700 for needy kids half way around the world.

The Limuru Children Centre, an orphanage in Kenya, began in 2004. It is the home to 35 children ranging in age from four to fifteen-years-old, including some with HIV.

The kindergarten class sold sweatshirts and will send the proceeds to the orphanage in Kenya.

Blair Miles, the elementary school teacher who organized the fundraiser, said she hopes that by giving to other kids their age in a third-world country, her students will learn a sense of responsibility.

"I hope they have a sense of responsibility, the sense to help others when in need," she said.

"There are people here locally who are in need as well, but when I had a friend who was doing this in Africa, I just had a strong sense as an educator I could impact my students lives as well as the students in Kenya," she explained.

Will Porter of Global Connections, a non-profit organization also dedicated to helping regions of the world like Kenya, said he was impressed with Blair's efforts.

"It's amazing. Blair just called me several months ago saying they were raising money, and I was really blown away," he said.

More than half of Kenya's 31.3 million people live in extreme poverty.

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