Fairview family holding reserve to orphans in Kenya
November 21, 2016 - School Supplies
Medical supplies, wardrobe and propagandize reserve assistance to change lives.
Chris Gdanetz will never forget a greeting a Kenyan girls had when a Fairview Township lady gave a 10-year-old students new pencils.
The girls, bankrupt and orphaned, had worked their prior No. 2’s down to a nubs.
“They kept revelation us how kind and inexhaustible we were,” Gdanetz pronounced of a Jun 2015 outing she and her daughter finished to a nation in East Africa. “They were so excited, so moved. Over pencils.”
The work is never finished during Hekima Place, a children’s home for about 85 orphaned girls in a encampment of Kiserian, about an hour outward of Nairobi. The children operation from infants to college age.
So Gdanetz, 53, and her daughter, Jessica Gdanetz, 22, are returning to Kenya on Jan. 5, this time as partial of a proffer module out of Slippery Rock University, from that Jessica Gdanetz will connoisseur in December.
They are holding with them about 1,000 birth kits supposing by a Pittsburgh-area hospital, as good as 6 suitcases filled with 80 dresses, 60 pairs of flip-flops and a horde of propagandize reserve a Gdanetz family purchased.
The family, including husband/father John Gdanetz, skeleton to spend 3 weeks in Kenya before returning to Erie Jan. 27. They spent thousands of dollars of their possess income on a clothes, reserve and airfare.
The birth kits any enclose a surgical facade and a span of surgical gloves for a chairman delivering a baby; a block cosmetic piece to broach a baby on; fibre to tie a umbilical cord and a singular corner razor to cut a cord; soap, and gauze.
The kits are simple, and come in a Ziploc bag, Chris Gdanetz said.
“They change lives, and dramatically boost a presence rate of mom and child,” she said. “The kits revoke a widespread of infections during birth, safeguarding those who are assisting broach a infants. Many are fearful to help, with AIDS and HIV cases so high over there.”
The family is going to Kenya in a organisation of about a dozen people, including students and expertise from Slippery Rock. Jessica Gdanetz has finished identical proffer work in Jamaica and Bolivia, building classrooms and gardens during schools in poverty-stricken neighborhoods.
The family continues to lift income and reserve for a Jan trip. Those meddlesome in donating can do so during raise.sru.edu/kenya.
Donations also can be forsaken off in a front run of a Red Roof Inn, 7865 Perry Highway. For some-more information, call 450-5198.
Gerry Weiss can be reached during 870-1884 or by email. Follow him on chatter during twitter.com/ETNweiss.