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Review for Longonot Education Initiative, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The work that this group does for at risk/ orphaned youth in impoverished communities in Kenya reflects the most selfless, dedicated and heroic essence of its volunteers and their mission. The good-doing and beauty of our world is brought to life by groups of talented, inspirational individuals like those of LEI. My best friend/mentor/big sister Sedona Keenan is one of these incredible volunteers. Sedona is wildly intelligent and wise beyond her years. She is kind and helpful to anyone and everyone, never passing up an opportunity to do good or help someone despite any lack of recognition.
I have been following her journey in Kenya for 3 yrs., and 2yrs. at LEI, through countless stories, pictures and videos. I have always been extremely interested and drawn to Sedona's work and the kids' lifes she touches. Her work with the Ngong hills street boys has been so successful and moving. These boys' realities have been transformed by the innovative work of LEI. They now have a safe place (a classroom built by LEI), supportive mentors who have earned the boys' complete trust, and the opportunity to eat regular meals whilst being drug free. Most of these orphaned or neglected boys of the slums of Kenya have been addicted to huffing glue as a numbing high but also a appetite suppressant. With the support and guidance of LEI the majority of these boys are sober, growing healthier and receiving an education. Sedona let me speak to these boys on video chat with her, I was so taken by how social and ecstatic they were contrary to their spirit when Sedona and LEI first came into contact with them. It was evident the respect, gratitude and genuine affection the boys felt for Sedona. I have also met Portia Duke and Zach Lazarus in person, also LEI volunteers who traveled very far to visit Sedona here in California. They are both inspiring examples of the organization and its work. Their long, grueling trips to California to see Sedona are further embodiment of the love and connection that makes up the back bone of this game changing organization.
Any support that can be offered to LEI is a contribution to a life changing cause. The values and ethics executed by these volunteers should serve as an example to all.

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