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Fundraising effort to help Kenyan girl

Hundreds raised, local volunteer continues effort through holidays
By Diane Barney / Special to TheReporter
Published By The Reporter
Posted: 11/27/2010 07:17:53 AM PST
Shahane Everett is thankful for the generosity of Reporter readers who learned of her efforts to raise money so that a 4-year-old girl from Kenya could have surgery and much-needed therapy.
Everett, a NorthBay Guild volunteer and 19-year-old Vacaville High School graduate, managed to raise $890 so far to benefit Maggy, a girl she met during a trip she took this past summer.
Maggy became ill with meningitis when she was 8 months old. Although she survived, it left her with permanent nerve damage on her left side. Her foot is curved around and cannot bear weight. Doctors in Kenya have determined it is the most pressing of her health issues and say $550 will cover the cost of surgery.
The rest, said Everett, will be used to help pay for physical and speech therapy.
Everett, who dreams of someday becoming a pediatrician, is attending Napa Valley Community College and volunteering one day a week to work for the Guild in the NorthBay Center for Women’s Health. She saved up her money and spent three weeks in Kenya, volunteering in a school for special needs children and at an orphanage, where she met Maggy. The child is not an orphan, but the granddaughter of the couple who operate the orphanage. Maggy lives with her mother, Leah, who recently lost her job and has no way to pay for the surgery or ongoing therapy.
“I’ve seen her work so hard to do what’s best for Maggy,” said Everett. “I just wanted to do what I could to help.”
A CPR class/fundraiser is being organized by Grant Tokiwa of the Vacaville Fire Department at the Vacaville Cross-Fit Compound, 3777 VacaValley Parkway. The class will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 18 and is limited to 40 participants.
Everett says the surgery is likely to take place in early 2011. Even though she can’t be there, the coordinator of the company who handled her visit, Dan Washington, has promised to keep a watchful eye over Maggy and report back all of the details.
Everett said she will continue to accept donations through the holidays, hoping to raise enough to pay for leg and arm braces and ongoing therapy.
Donations can be made to a special account for Maggy. The account is in Everett’s name, but in trust for Maggy (Margret Angalushi), account No. 101005585, Community Business Bank, 750 Mason St., Suite 105, in Vacaville. To contact Shahane Everett, e-mail her at shbeverett@yahoo.com.

Maggy and her mother, Leah, in Kenya. Local NorthBay Guild volunteer Shahane Everett is raising funds to help pay for the girl's surgery. (Courtesy)

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One Response to "Fundraising effort to help Kenyan girl"

  1. Christian says:

    Why does the government insist that they provide health care for children up to 5 years for free if it is not so? Do they or do they not?

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