A decade of charity earns Teaneck couple highest Christian Brothers honor
Megan Burrow , Staff Writer, @MegBurrow 10:32 a.m. ET April 8, 2017
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Computer and science labs, dormitories, a library and a 500-foot well have all been built with the money Rich and Judy McKay have raised for the poor and working class students at St. Mary’s Child Rescue Center & Secondary School in Central Kenya.
The Teaneck couple is being honored Saturday for their work, which raised more than $2 million throughout the past decade for a school in Nyeri, Kenya, which is about a 2½-hour drive north from Nairobi and a more than six-hour drive west to Lake Victoria, where educators aim to break the cycle of poverty through education.
“They came at a time when we didn’t have the financial resources to sustain our programs,” said Brother Peter Kombe, the principal of the school, which is run by the De La Salle Christian Brothers. “Their generosity and hard work has helped us ensure we continue to give opportunities to so many young men who would otherwise not have a chance in life.”
In recognition of their work in support of the school, the couple is receiving affiliation from the Brothers of the Christian Schools — the highest honor the Roman Catholic order bestows — at a ceremony at Manhattan College in the Bronx.
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