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The family and friends of Leah Blanshan are uniting to raise money to send her to assist in an orphanage in Malawi, Africa. Please Help!

I am excited to share with you about an incredible opportunity I will be participating in this winter. I have been chosen along with two other nursing students from KU School of Nursing to travel to Malawi, Africa on a medical mission trip. Our group from KU is partnering with the Global Orphan Project, an orphan care ministry headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. While in Malawi, we will provide medical and nursing services to the Pothawira tribe and other surrounding tribes lacking adequate resources. Our primary focus will be to provide assistive health care at a locally developing clinic, hospital, and orphanage run by a Malawian doctor and pastor and his daughter.
Our mission trip will take place from December 28 to January 9. I am looking forward to this wonderful opportunity to build relationships with the Malawian people and gain first-hand experience of their culture while offering myself in grateful service. One of our goals is to create sustainable learning projects related to health practices to teach the people of Malawi. Our hope is that they will be able to continue these practices to improve their personal health once we are gone. Malawi, like many African nations, suffers from the burden of AIDS and has high mortality rate due to malnutrition and preventable diseases, such as malaria. God has given me a heart to serve underprivileged populations in developing countries, like Malawi, through the nursing profession.
I am writing to ask for your partnership and to join me in making a difference this Christmas season as I participate on this mission trip. I need your help, as the cost to cover airfare, ground transportation, food and lodging alone requires that I raise $3500, plus additional money is needed for my immunizations and medications for the trip and for donated gift items for the orphanage and village.
Please know that if you are unable to help at this time with a financial gift, your prayers for our mission work are equally welcome.
God is transforming lives through the care provided to orphaned and abandoned children around the world. I am humbled to be joining Him in this work, and I am confident that this trip will be life changing! Thank you for your support of this mission to make a difference for the orphaned and deserving people of Malawi.
God Bless,
Leah Blanshan
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