From March 25–29, 2014, a delegation from Kiwanis International and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will travel to Kenya to observe UNICEF activities related to prenatal health care, immunizations and education. We talked with two of the upcoming delegation’s members: Mark Rabaut, Kiwanis International Foundation treasurer and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township, and Charlet Long Little, a member of the San Antonio Army Residence Golden K Kiwanis Club.
What excites you most about the trip to Kenya?
The Eliminate ProjectCharlet: The very fact I will be in the field with the team of UNICEF workers. How better to improve my speaking ability for than having this opportunity?
Mark: It will provide for me a better understanding of the difficulty of reaching various sites to provide prenatal care and vaccinations.
How are you preparing for the trip?
Mark: I need many vaccinations. Also, I am trying to better educate myself on the area.
Have you been out of the country before?
Charlet: Yes. I have been on 14 foreign mission trips and lived in Japan in the 1950s, Europe in the 1960s and Korea in the 1970s as a military spouse. I have visited every major part of the world.
What do you hope to see or learn in Kenya?
Charlet: I expect to learn how we are progressing with The Eliminate Project.
Mark: A better understanding of the needs and culture of the area.
What is the potential of The Eliminate Project?
Mark: The Eliminate Project goes way beyond three tetanus vaccines. It teaches the importance of prenatal care and safe birthing practices, which will help save the lives of moms and babies for years and years. It also helps us as Kiwanis members to see globally and spread our service outside of our immediate areas.
Other members of the delegation include: Bill Cater, member of the Dover Kiwanis Club; Kim and Heather Conrad, members of the Dartmouth Kiwanis Club; and Michael Malik, The Eliminate Project campaign area director.
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