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kzwickert

United StatesPortland, United States

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October 19, 2008
August 5, 2008

Karen Zwickert

About Me: 

I am a nurse practitioner, semi-retired. I had always wanted to do international volunteerism. The opportunity arose in 2003, and I spent three months in Sori, Kenya, where there is a hospital, primary school and orphanage.I thoughtI would volunteer, come home and be done. That is NOT what happened; the people stole my heart!

I made a dear friend who now writes for World Pulse.

My efforts at grant writing were thwarted by no 501 c3 status. So I created a nonprofit in Oregon to support the Luo people of SW Kenya. Shortly thereafter we received 501c3 status.

Now we raise funds, facilitate volunteer experiences, and network with others who have interests in Africa.

In February, 2008, we built and opened a Living Center (orphanage)for 120 children orphaned by HIV/AIDs.It has been a challenging ime especially with the post presidential election violence and poor economy. Yet, we continue by working hard and praying so we will have a future.

I return to Kenya soon. I am excited to see the Living Center in person. My last bisit was October, 2007.

My Passions: 
People
My Challenges: 
Fund raising
My Vision for the Future: 
To help create a loving, safe environment for OVCs.
My Areas of Expertise: 
Nursing, management, communication skills.
My Languages: 
English, None

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