September 25, 2012
The Power of Human Connections
In 2007 when Rachel Woeste was a fifth-grader at Bishop Leibold School in Miamisburg, Ohio, she began writing to her pen pal Denis Osoro, a student at Our Lady of Nazareth Primary School, a Marianist-sponsored school in Nairobi, Kenya. Rachel and Denis are separated by nearly 8,000 miles and two continents.
Rachel, who lives with her parents and two younger siblings just south of Dayton, Ohio, has noticed many differences between her life and that of Denis, who lives with his parents and four brothers in a house made of corrugated iron with a dirt floor.