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Feeding Program in Western Kenya

The Balochi Orphanage located in Asembo, Western Kenya, has received support for its feeding program from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through its humanitarian arm of LDS Charities. 

The founder of the orphanage is Peter Ogego, former ambassador to the United States and a good friend of the Church.

In June of this year, Ambassador Ogego, Solomon Luvai, the National Public Affairs Director for Kenya, and the Humanitarian Country Directors Dick  and Janet Tuttle travelled to Asembo to assess how the feeding program was operating.  They were also able to meet the children, members of the Board of Directors, and the food vendors.

This project was originated from Church headquarters and the funding in the amount of $40,000 per year was developed and implemented from November 2010. With these funds about 150 children from kindergarten age to 13 years are fed two meals a day.

The Board reported that as a result of the improved nutrition, the children seem to be happy, healthy, and their school performance has improved substantially.

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