Volunteers wanted for mission in Africa


Carol McBrady, center, founded Action for Children Zambia in 2003. While in Maple Lake this month, she and others are trying to put together a local mission group to further help the children in her care.

Fourteen years ago, Maple Lake native Carol McBrady initiated a movement that would improve the lives of thousands of children living on the streets of Zambia, Africa. She named her project Action for Children Zambia, and since then, has helped serve approximately 300 street children each year in some capacity.
Today she wants other small-town Minnesotans to have the opportunity to lend a hand in the way she has. That is why she and several others from Maple Lake are initiating a new group called Bridging Zambia that she hopes will create an even stronger connection between the community she once called home and the one that has become her home.
The group’s vision is to send a mission group to Africa comprised of locals who are willing to donate their skills and talents to the Action for Children Zambia cause.
The biggest need is for medical doctors, nurses, optometrists and dentists, said McBrady, who is in Maple Lake this month visiting friends and relatives.
The nearest clinic for people in her region of Zambia is 14 kilometers away, but often the clinic doesn’t have the medicine their patients need. Action for Children Zambia hosts clinics once or twice a year thanks to volunteers from Norway and Poland.
People will walk 20 miles to attend these clinics which are open to not just the children.
“As soon as the sun comes up they start walking and if they don’t get served that day, they stay overnight,” McBrady said.

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