SCHOFIELD (WAOW) -- A local non-profit has helped better the lives of people in Africa for several years. But now, they're taking on their biggest project ever and naming it after a Wausau woman who helped children until the day she died.
Late last year, Kim Jones lost her battle with an aggressive form of Breast Cancer after six years of fighting. In that time, the cancer traveled to her back and brain. She though, traveled across the globe to help children.
Her husband, Casey says, "About three years ago, in the midst of Kim's battle with cancer, she flew all the way down to Brazil and spent a week painting an orphanage in Brazil. It just gives you an idea of the kind of dedication she had. She actually beat feet and put her own efforts into the cause."
After her death, Casey donated her memorial funds, plus some, to an organization that was close to Kim's heart. Foundation for Hope in Africa is a non-profit that does developmental work throughout Africa. They've installed solar power to orphanages and dug wells for drinking water. Now, they've taken on their biggest project yet in Tanzania.
Robin Wilde, Executive Director of Foundation for Hope in Africa says, "There's an existing orphanage with about 16 children in a rented house. It's very small, probably a house for about four people. But there are 16 children plus two house parents there. We decided they needed a permanent home and we decided to build this orphanage."
The process started about a year ago, several months before Kim's passing. Once group members heard the news, they knew they wanted to honor her life and her dedication to the same kinds of kids this orphanage will help. They named it Kim Jones House.
Casey adds, "She used to tell me, she didn't think there was a more worthy group in all humanity to give to then the innocent, totally dependent children that had no parents."
"The orphans that are in this orphanage either have HIV/AIDS or are orphaned because of HIV/AIDS. So, it's a mission of mercy for these children," adds Wilde.
A crew from Wausau will head to Tanzania later this month to help with construction. Casey says he will travel there for the orphanage dedication when it's completed, that should happen some time this fall.
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