Mark Okello Visits the U.S.

Beth Swadener with Mark Okello
Beth Swadener greets Mark Okello on his arrival in Phoenix

Every two years, volunteers pay the cost of bringing Jirani Project Coordinator, Mark Okello from Kenya to the U.S. in order to meet with sponsors and communities, and to gain new knowledge for his work. In mid-March, 2017, Mark came to Tempe, AZ and met with the board and spoke at a local fundraiser, while staying with several host families for about 10 days.

A highlight of the trip, said Mark, was hiking in some Arizona mountains with new friends. Mark also met with librarian Micah Corporeal at the Tempe Public Library, who spent time explaining that children’s library system. Mr. Corporeal also donated several new books for the Jirani Project library, and remains in touch with Mark when he returned to Kenya. It is unusual for an African project coordinator to come to the U.S., but we find this type of contact is valuable for all concerned – and helps raise awareness of the special work the Jirani Project does in western Kenya

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