Barbie Odom (one of the owners of Ft. Knox Locks) has had the privileged of visiting with the children and founder of Great Mercy Orphanage in Kenya on several occasions.
There are about 120 resident children at the facility and they supplement their income by accepting paying students from the surrounding community due to their excellent reputation.
These children have so little compared to "US" but they are so full of joy and hope for the future.
Most of the buildings are simple wood frame with sheet metal. They are hoping to start upgrading the buildings to concrete and/or block in the future.
This picture represents the way we are trying to help this orphanage. They wanted to buy some adjacent land to increase their capacity to grown their own food and we helped make that happen.
Although founded by a Christian woman as an application of her Master thesis project, the school welcomes Muslim Somali refugee children from the area to join in their excellent educational program.
The success and blessing Ft. Knox Locks has been to us (Milton & Barbie) has enabled us to pay forward support for this amazing orphanage in Kenya. To date we have been responsible for over $200,000 being responsibly funneled to Great Mercy Orphanage. We want to thank our customers for being a part of passing on a blessing.