African orphans face Ebola questions in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A group of children traveling from Africa on a mission to speak and sing in Oklahoma are fielding questions about the Ebola virus since the outbreak on their continent last month.

The children are from Kenya in east Africa, more than 3000 miles away from the west African countries with Ebola cases of Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The group will spend the next two months visiting churches and schools singing and speaking about their life in Kenya and The Maisha Project, a fundraising effort to fund schools, businesses and homes in their community.

Linda Awuor, 16, wants to be a civil engineer. There are many young girls like her at the Maisha Academy.

"They have big dreams they want to achieve, and they only achieve these if they get the education." Awuor said. "So that is the reason why it is our prayer that we also get sponsors, and they get to go to school."

Alice Akinyi, 17, hopes to be a teacher.

"I am going to school, and I would like to thank them so much and let God give them more life abundantly." said Akinyi.

At Maisha schooling is paid for by sponsors.

The students know education is the key to unlocking a future of possibility.

"I have a big dream for them especially the little ones." said Maisha Academy teacher Caroline Anyango. "I handle the little ones. I dream they have a better life."

There are no cases of Ebola in their country.

However, the founder of Maisha Project Beatrict Williamson almost considered cancelling their trip when they heard there was a case of Ebola in Dallas, Texas, just a few hours away from Oklahoma City.

"They are closer to Ebola in Dallas than where they come from in Kenya. So I got scared," said Williamson.

Tisha Franz is hosting two kids in her Quail Creek home. She has no health concerns for her family or neighbors.

"There's no more concern about having these kids in my home than the neighbors across the street." Franz said.

Click here for more information on The Maisha Project.


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