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Naomi Corera

 

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In another step toward self-sufficiency, in 2004 Corera persuaded the Ugandan government to donate land for a tea plantation. Now, she's hoping to rebuild a dilapidated health clinic and get land donated to build a tea factory. But above all, her eyes remain on individual children waiting for help-like Maria Goretti, who is named for a Catholic martyr, lives in a mud hut, and cooks her family's meals over an open fire. "She's first in her class of 140 children," Corera says, "and she wants to be a doctor." To help make that happen, Children Waiting Everywhere is paying her school and boarding fees.

And there's Allen Akumumpa. Born with cerebral palsy, Allen had never stood up straight, much less walked, until Children Waiting Everywhere brought him to America for an operation. Corerra prevailed on Dr. Ed Wojtys, the director of U-M's MedSport Program at Domino's Farms, to do the operation for free. Allen should be walking by November.

Still taking care of her mother, Carrera eventually plans to move to Africa.

"But while I'm still here, my biggest goal is to raise awareness among children that we are deeply blessed and we should share with our brothers and sisters around the world," she says. "And my other goal is to raise awareness among adults that they can do something.

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