January 1, 2005: Headlines: COS - Lesotho: Orphans: NGO's: Service: The Journal News.com, NY: Lesotho RPCV Kenneth Storen trying to save African children with " Touching Tiny Lives," a safe house for homeless children

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Lesotho: Peace Corps Lesotho : The Peace Corps in Lesotho: January 1, 2005: Headlines: COS - Lesotho: Orphans: NGO's: Service: The Journal News.com, NY: Lesotho RPCV Kenneth Storen trying to save African children with " Touching Tiny Lives," a safe house for homeless children

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Lesotho RPCV Kenneth Storen trying to save African children with " Touching Tiny Lives," a safe house for homeless children

Lesotho RPCV Kenneth Storen trying to save African children with  Touching Tiny Lives, a safe house for homeless children

Lesotho RPCV Kenneth Storen trying to save African children with " Touching Tiny Lives," a safe house for homeless children

Local man trying to save African children

(Original publication: January 1, 2005)

MAHOPAC — Kenneth Storen, a 1987 graduate of Mahopac High School, is trying to save the world — one child at a time.

A trained teacher, he enrolled in the Peace Corps in 1999 and stayed for three years in Lesotho, Africa, educating orphaned children and working with HIV/AIDS support groups. After his assignment ended in 2002, he remained in the African nation working for the Near East Foundation to further help children left as orphans by the disease.

"You look into the eyes of a child and can't turn away. I have seen them turn from sickness to health," Storen, 35, said while visiting family in Mahopac during the holidays. On Jan. 7, he returns to Lesotho — a hilly, rugged nation slightly smaller than the state of Maryland and landlocked by South Africa — hoping he can fund a life-saving project of his own.

While continuing to work as country director for the New York-based foundation, he has turned his three-bedroom home into Touching Tiny Lives, a safe house for homeless children. He is raising money through an initiative called Six Degrees of Love, based on the concept that everyone is connected to everyone else in the world through friends of friends.

In Storen's case, he has taken six young orphans into his home. A few are younger than 2 years old. Friends and volunteers help him care for them.

Storen said he hopes to raise $100,000 while visiting New York to fund a permanent home for children before May — when winter arrives in Lesotho.

St. John's the Evangelist, the Mahopac church where the Storen family has worshipped for many years, has adopted the project. Tomorrow, church leaders will ask parishioners for contributions after each Mass to help Storen's project.

Longtime family friend John McNamara of Mahopac said he already made a contribution and would encourage others to do the same.

"He is an amazing and inspiring young man," McNamara said of Storen.

Dorothy Brady of Briarcliff Manor agrees. She and her husband, Walter, also friends of the Storens, also have solicited contributions on his behalf.

"There are young people out there who are doing wonderful things and he is one of them," she said. "It is devastating to hear of these children. There is such a horrible epidemic in Africa."

Storen, who has a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and a master's degree in education from the University of Colorado in Boulder, said when he joined the Peace Corps he asked to be assigned anywhere except Africa.

"I thought it was a big, hot place," said Storen, who had just spent a year living in Colorado and enjoys mountain climbing.

Actually, he explained, there are changing seasons in Africa, though they are reversed from New York. He said the culture is rich and the people are friendly. He has learned the local language, Sesotho.

He continues, though, to miss local pizza. This past week, he said, he has eaten a few slices.

His father, Dennis Storen, said his son has always defended the oppressed.

"As a kid he didn't like it when others bullied a weaker child. He always stepped forward," Storen's dad recalled.

Near East Foundation president Ryan LaHurd said Storen has taken on a difficult job and is inspiring other workers, even his bosses.

"There are so many people dying of AIDS and the families can't take care of these kids," he said. "Sometimes it feels like you are spitting into the ocean. But to Ken, one life is worth saving, and he will do everything he can. We are fortunate to have him with us."

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How to help

Donations may be sent to Near East Foundation, 420 Lexington Ave., Suite 2516, New York, NY 10170. Please write Six Degrees of Love/Lesotho in the memo portion of the check. For information, contact www.six degreesoflove.org or the foundation at www.neareast.org or 212-867-0064.
Lesotho at a glance
History: Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho in 1966 when it gained independence from the United Kingdom. Its history includes 23 years of military rule and a violent uprising in 1998 that was quelled by South African intervention. Parliamentary elections were held in 2002.
Population: 2 million people, including nearly 100,000 orphans. It is estimated that 31 percent of the population is HIV positive.

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By Zeeshan Ahmad ( on Monday, September 26, 2005 - 8:48 pm: Edit Post


Government Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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OFFICE PH#00966-5440385

I shall much obliged to you.

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Muhammad Akraam
Chak No.32 S.B. Distt. Sargodha {Punjab} Pakistan.

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