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"When we first got over there, my grandma was sick with an amoeba, which is a water born disease," Kyra Musingi said. "When my siblings and I came home, we had decided we needed to make a difference."

November 13, 2017
Writer: Sydney Jensen

A southeast Idaho family is hosting a fundraiser this month to help those in need in Kenya. 

"I was born and raised in these conditions," Mike Musingi, a southeast Idaho business owner and Kenyan native, told BYU-Idaho Radio. "I know how it feels not to have clean water or not to have any school supplies and then here we are in a totally different environment where everything is just right at our disposal."

Musingi and his family traveled back to Kenya during the 2017 summer months and for the kids, the experience was life-changing. 

"We got to meet our family over there that we never had the opportunity to meet before," Myka Musingi told BYU-Idaho Radio. "Over there, it's just, it's so much different than America, because we never really realize until we have until you go somewhere third world country...I mean, we have dishwashers and clothes dryers and over there they do everything by hand...they're just happy with what they have, they are an amazing type of people."

Now, after returning to the states, Myka and Kyra Musingi are working to host an upcoming fundraiser that will help give clean water to some of the people they visited in Kenya. 

"During this fundraiser, we are helping Clean Water in Kenya, which is an organization that is working to get enough money to drill wells in Kenya so that people can have clean water," Kyra Musingi told BYU-Idaho Radio. "We're also trying to fundraise money for an organization called United In The Hope of Africa, which is an orphanage, to help them get some school supplies."

It's not uncommon to see the poverty of third-world countries broadcasted on internet ads, television commercials or even social media, but for Myka and Kyra, the need to help stemmed from a more personal experience. 

"When we first got over there, my grandma was sick with an amoeba, which is a water born disease," Kyra Musingi said. "When my siblings and I came home, we had decided we needed to make a difference."

The fundraiser for Clean Water in Kenya and the United In The Hope of Africa Orphanage is Friday, November 17 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The Musingi family says a $20 ticket will cover a Sirloin Steak or Chicken Dinner. Tickets are available by contacting Mike Musingi at (208) 541 - 4452 or Cristal Musingi at (208) 541 - 4451. 

You can listen to the full interview below.