Children create a bear for those in need in Kenya

Rebecca Lawrence
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Taylor Craik, four, with her brother Carter, six


Children in Moose Jaw were able to create a bear to send to children in need in Kenya during a special event to raise money for a mission trip to the country.

The event at the Church of God on Sunday was organized by Bethany Diacon, 24, who will travel to Kenya next Sunday for three months, and will be joined by Kayla Satre, 20, for two weeks.

This is Diacon's second trip to Kenya with Empower A Child, a non-profit organization which aims to help orphaned and vulnerable children in East Africa.

The girls will volunteer at a variety of different programs and projects in Kenya, including the Gifted Hands Educational Centre.

"It's a school in the slums and it's a very poor environment," Diacon said. "We are teaching and playing games with the kids. The older ones we teach English to.

"I basically fell in love with it. The kids and the team were just so awe-inspiring. It's incredible," she said.

Satre decided to join Diacon after hearing about her previous trip.

"I have always wanted to get involved in mission work and relief work and helping others and this was an amazing opportunity," she said.

The girls will take 150 teddy bears in their suitcases for the children in Kenya.

They have also committed to taking a picture of each African child with their new toy to give to the child who made it back in Moose Jaw.

Read more in a future Times-Herald edition.

Organizations: Church of God, Gifted Hands Educational Centre

Geographic location: Kenya, Moose Jaw, East Africa

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