The Rev. Zach Drennen will speak at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Charleston on Sunday about his work in Kenya.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A passion for young people led the Rev. Zach Drennen to missionary work in Africa. Now the Charleston native is reaching back home to connect students and educators on opposite sides of the world.
As an Episcopal Church missionary in Kenya, Drennen has spent the last year developing a project to partner schools in the United States and East Africa.
The Elewana Education Project, named for the Swahili word for understanding, will give Kenyan schoolchildren a better chance for education through scholarships and facility improvements.
"The backbone of what we're trying to do is create some interesting relationships, so the faculties and administrations feel invested in their partner school," Drennen said. "Africa sort of gets in your blood. You want to be part of it. You, yourself, can't help being changed by making a positive impact on others.
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