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Naomi Corera

 

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When asked why she's been so successful raising money, Corera replies, "Americans are more generous than people in other countries, and not only the rich. Everybody gives according to their means. But they want to help someone they can trust. And they can trust us. All our money goes directly into the job. Nobody gets paid. Everybody gives their time. . . . Every donor so far I've known personally."

Among her biggest donors is Tim Patton, chairman of Patton Holdings and owner of Flagship Private Air. Patton blushes when asked about his generosity. "She said to us, 'Did you know the people in this village have to walk miles for water and even then there are issues of sanitation?'" So Patton and his wife, Shann, wrote a check for $10,000 to set up a rainwater purification system.

Corera now is working full time to raise money for Children Waiting Everywhere. She and her mother live rent free in one of Monaghan's houses near Domino's Farms. In Uganda, she's set up three schools-and in May headed there to open a fourth. "We teach trades: carpentry, sewing, and construction," she says. "And we just had our first gradua-tion in Uganda. We gave them all presents: tools or a sewing machine. That way they're set up to be self sufficient."

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