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Calif, Nevada CUs, leagues raise funds for Kenyan orphanage
MADISON, Wis. (1/23/13)--Credit unions and individuals throughout California and Nevada contributed more than $16,000 in funds, of which the two state credit union leagues matched $10,000, to support the construction of a new facility for an orphanage in Kenya supported by the World Council of Credit Unions.

Click to view larger image Since September 2012, the Busia construction crew has dug a septic tank, installed a clean water system, and constructed several buildings including a community room and boys' and girls' dormitories and bathrooms in Kenya.
Click to view larger image Taylor York, 13, daughter of CoastHills FCU CEO Jeff York, raised $5,150 from California credit unions for the Busia Compassionate Centre in Kenya. (Photos provided by the World Council of Credit Unions)
The improved orphanage, Busia Compassionate Centre, started a credit union to offer formal financial services to the larger community in rural Western Kenya for the first time.

"The California and Nevada credit unions' donations allow us to complete the construction of the new orphanage facilities and to bring financial services to Busia more quickly than we imagined," said Brian Branch, WOCCU president/CEO. "The leagues' generosity and the contributions they have inspired throughout their states will make a lasting difference in the lives of more than 90 orphans and their community."

WOCCU launched the Busia Compassionate Centre campaign in June 2012 to build a better home for the orphans and to establish a credit union that would provide the Busia community's first access to financial services.

Instrumental to raising awareness and funds for the Busia campaign among California credit unions was Taylor York, 13, daughter of CoastHills FCU CEO Jeffrey York. After hearing about the Busia orphanage during a business trip to San Diego with her father in June, she began a letter-writing campaign to credit unions in her state. She helped raised $5,150.

WOCCU is organizing a Global Women's Leadership Network engagement program to Busia, Kenya, in May to visit the newly constructed orphanage and to help the credit union implement a financial literacy program. Engagement programs are open to everyone.

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