Local congregation supports Kenyan student

Mary Fletcher, Lilian Ochieng, Jessica Hudgins and Lauren Hudgins stand in front of Lake Nakuru with flamingos wading in the distance.

My family was looking for Lilian Adoyo Ochieng at a rest stop in Kenya. We traveled over bumpy roads and were an hour late to meet her. We had seen a photo of her taken a couple years ago when she had just begun at the Alliance High School. It came with a character description of her to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, which is funding Lilian's high school education.

A few years ago, one of UUCF members, Mary Bowman-Kruhm, traveled to Kenya for a safari. Safari guides are liaisons and teachers about Kenyan culture, as well as the leaders of adventure. Her guide, Peter Liech, was disheartened by the decline of his hometown, Kendu Bay. He, like many Kenyans, knew that education was the key to progress. But very few in Kendu Bay, stuck by poverty and HIV infection, could afford the privilege.

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