We have been encouraged to visit the countries we are trying to help.  These visits have two purposes: to identify the issues we feel most strongly about, and to establish credibility and trust in our efforts and operating expenses.  For example, Pat Maloney undertook a research trip to Kenya in November, 2009 which accomplished a great deal.  Pat made key contacts during her trip; she met with Tom O’Hern, an American who has been there for 10 years teaching and helping Kenyans learn to be self-sufficient. 

 



                                                      


Pat developed a chicken program giving different families chickens to use and when they reproduce, the offspring are then passed on to another family, and the cycle continues.
















































































Pat purchased crafts from local women, providing much-needed income, and those crafts then became part of our own fund-raising merchandise.






























She brought much needed clothing for the women and children and gave money for medicine when the Korogocho clinic she visited ran out of supplies.





































She toured the bush with Father Anthony and Father Thomas of the local parish, and was able to start a goat-raising program for the Maasai village in Kajiado, just southeast of Nairobi.  Each family uses the goats’ milk, and when they reproduce, the offspring are then passed on to another family, and the cycle continues.  ROHII purchased  these goats, each goat was given to a different family on Pat's trip.