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Girls: 1, Snake: 0

WWU partners with a Kenya school

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Kathryn Bachen

After a watchful guard killed a deadly puff adder snake that had slithered into the school yard of Ombogo Girls Academy in Kenya last summer, Kathryn Bachen (’09) chronicled what happened next.

“The girls wanted to dissect it,” Bachen says. “Ask any of those girls, they’ll either say they want to be a doctor or a lawyer.”

Bachen was visiting the high school, whose students include many orphaned by AIDS, with a WWU group that also included Fairhaven Professor Marie Eaton, left, to start an international service learning program in Kenya.

Partnering with the Bellingham-based Slum Doctor Programme, about a dozen WWU students will travel to Kenya’s rural Homa Bay region this summer to work on projects the school’s students and staff say are their greatest need, from improving water quality to teaching job skills.

The group will also visit and work with a Massai tribe on projects to help them modernize while preserving their semi-nomadic lifestyle.

For photos from Kathryn Bachen of the trip to Kenya, check out the online photo gallery. To watch Kathryn's video of the trip, click here.