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Central City CU CEO in Kenya to aid orphans
Items donated by staff at Central City CU, Marshfield, Wis., for an orphanage in Kenya were taken personally with credit union CEO Pat Wesenberg, who was one of five U.S. members asked by the World Council of Credit Unions to visit Kenya to help lessen the impact of HIV/AIDS by helping credit unions and their communities. (Photo provided by Central City CU)
MARSHFIELD, Wis. (10/12/10)--A trip to help lessen the impact of HIV/AIDS by helping credit unions and their communities in Kenya received media attention for Central City CU, Marshfield, Wis., and the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and its fundraising arm, Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions. Pat Wesenberg, president/CEO of the $166.2 million asset credit union, is one of only five U.S. members asked by WOCCU to help with the project, said Marshfield News-Herald (Oct. 7). The group has been in Kenya since Oct. 3 and will return home Wednesday. While in Kenya, the group worked to provide reliable food sources and education to Kenyan children. More than 3,990 credit unions serve 3.6 million members in that country. Wesenberg is working at Busia Compassionate Centre's orphanage in western Kenya, where she is helping install rain gutters, beds and mosquito netting; repairing rooftops; painting walls; assessing medical needs; and distributing books, clothes and shoes. The materials for the projects were funded by council member credit unions. Before she left, Wesenberg told the newspaper that credit unions in Kenya "really do make a big difference because otherwise people wouldn't have money to plant the crops." Kenya is a coffee and tea exporter and crops dominate its economy, the newspaper article said. Valerie Breunig, executive director of the foundation, said Wesenberg was selected from more than 100 women in 22 countries who are part of the Global Women's Leadership Network. Breunig noted that an annual foundation auction in July raised $28,000 to distribute to the orphans' scholarships and food costs on the next two Kenya trips. Others on the trip included Chrissy Cheney, wife of Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Bill Cheney; Judy Ensweiler, wife of Texas Credit Union League President/CEO Dick Ensweiler; CUNA Chief Financial Officer Joanne Duncan; and Dr. Bernard Micke.
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