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Local fundraiser to dig well in Kenya

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{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=26|imageid=129|displayname=0|float=left}They either have to walk 3 miles in one direction to the river or 2-1/2 miles in the other direction to a town where they have a well and sell water, he said.


Holbrook noted the average daily income is between $1 and $2, and water from the well in the nearby town sells for 15 to 20 cents for 5 gallons of water. In addition to providing clean drinking water and a home for widows and orphans, Miracle Power is also teaching the villagers skills they can use to earn a living.


When the organization built the Miracle Power Center the villagers lent a hand in the construction. Holbrook, a local carpenter, said they have been working with the widows, orphans and local pastors to help them earn enough money to support themselves and their families.


They just struggle every day to get food and survive. We get them to work with us and pay them and they gain experience, Holbrook said.


The skills taught to the villagers include auto mechanics, carpentry, agriculture, bicycle repair, electrical work, sewing, basket weaving, computer and business skills and much more.{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=26|imageid=130|displayname=0|float=right}


Holbrook said they have spoken with various drilling companies in Kenya and had surveys done of the area to locate a suitable place to drill the well. Now, all they need is to raise the money to make it happen.


On Saturday, the organization will hope to accomplish that goal through the spaghetti dinner and silent auction fund-raiser. Holbrook said they are auctioning items such as restaurant gift cards, womens clothing, jewelry, and a set of tires, power tools and services donated by local businesses.


We are trying to offer some practical items that people can use when they buy them, he said.


The fund raiser will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at Coles Ferry Elementary School at 511 Coles Ferry Pike, Lebanon, in the gymnasium.


Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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