Wisconsin Philanthropist Wants to Build African Village for AIDS Orphans, Elderly
May 19, 2003
Stevens Point, Wis., area philanthropist and entrepreneur John Noel is looking for money to build a village in Africa for children and elderly whose families have died of AIDS. Noel estimated he needs $2 million-$3 million to build the Nyumbani Village near Nairobi, Kenya. The 1,200-acre site would include farmland, a health clinic and a live-in nurse. It would house about 1,000 orphans and elderly left alone after the disease killed their families and offer them education and job training. "The idea is that the Nyumbani Village will serve as a blueprint for similar self-sustaining communities," said Dan McGinnity, vice president of communications and services for the Noel Group, a travel services company. Noel's Nyumbani Village International, a nonprofit organization set up to seek money for the village, already has more than $1.5 million in pledges from the U.S. Agency for International Development, private foundations and corporations, said McGinnity. Noel hopes to break ground in September.Adapted from:
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