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West Plains Resident Raises Money for Rwanda

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At 6:30 this evening, a resident of West Plains will give a presentation of photographs taken during the two months she spent in Rwanda. As part of KSMU's ongoing series Global Citizenship, KSMU's Missy Shelton files this report.

Nearly a year ago, Debbie Davies spent two months in Rwanda, offering counseling to those impacted by the genocide that took place in 1994.

She explains what kind of services she provided during her time in the war-torn country.

Davies helped establish a peer counseling program in Rwanda. During tonight's presentation and the "Walk for Rwanda" event on October 31st in West Plains, she hopes to raise money to support the program and orphanages in the country. She's also raising money so she can return to Rwanda to continue working with the women in the peer counseling program, by providing them with additional training and education. Davies says there's a need for counseling in Rwanda.

During tonight's presentation, Davies says she'll provide some sobering statistics.

Debbie Davies will present photographs and will discuss the experiences she had in Rwanda at 6:30 tonight at the Yellow House, located at 209 West Cleveland in West Plains.

She'll be holding another event on October 31st called "Walk for Rwanda." It's a 39 mile walk that begins in West Plains.