March 6, 2007
There is extreme poverty throughout the world, but also extremely generous people willing to donate time and money to help. One local woman is traveling to west Africa for the ninth time to help give people a better life.
Like many African nations, Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world.
"To see the kids wearing nothing, but rags is kind of heart wrenching with bugs and stuff in their hair," said Brenda Moore who is a missionary from Albemarle County.
Moore first visited the country in 1996 and has been back almost yearly ever since.
"We also visited the area where they were feeding over 200 poor children that that was the only meal per day that those kids got, was what we fed them," said Moore.
In her trips she has helped start orphanages, churches, and taught the people skills to earn an income such as mechanics, carpentry, sewing, and soap making.
"You look in their eyes a lot of time and you don't see hope. You want to put a flicker of hope in their eyes," said Moore.
This time she will be gone for almost about 10 days and encourages people who are interested in going not to let anything get in their way.
"I never thought I could go where I was going because I was what I consider very low education," said Moore. "And to see how I am able to help people that have no education is amazing to me."