PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia woman donates to construction of health care center in Kenya

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:49 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 9, 2012

COLUMBIA — Sharon Kinden of Columbia kept her promise to donate an inheritance from an uncle to Pathways Africa, a nonprofit organization started by Billy Jivetti, an MU doctoral student in rural sociology. He started the organization to bring health care to his rural village in Kenya. Now, with Kinden's help, the Fellbaum Community Health Centre Emmaus is under construction. 

More funds are needed to complete the construction, and Jivetti hopes others in the Columbia area will be willing to help.


Sharon Kinden, a Columbia resident and Pathways Africa collaborator, greets community members in Jivetti's home village in the Kenyan countryside in the winter of 2010.
Village girls carry sand to pay school fees and help build the Fellbaum Community Health Centre Emmaus in rural Kenya in the spring of 2011.
Billy Jivetti hauls sand to help build the Fellbaum Community Health Centre Emmaus near Kaimosi, Kenya, in the summer of 2011. Jivetti is an MU doctoral student in rural sociology who started the organization, Pathways Africa, to improve health care in his home region near Lake Victoria.
An engineer reviews building plans with a construction worker for the Fellbaum Community Health Centre Emmaus, funded by Pathways Africa, in rural Kenya.
Construction of the Fellbaum Community Health Centre Emmaus is shown, as of the winter of 2011, in rural Kenya. The cost of the building had to be adjusted after inflation caused an increase in the price of building materials.

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