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Pay(ing) pal

Two teenagers a world apart attend school one paying for the other

When Courtney Sell, 16, was contemplating her graduation project, she remembered what her pastor had told her in confirmation class about girls in Tanzania: The most important thing for them is getting an education.

Courtney Sell makes and sells ornaments
Courtney Sell makes and sells ornaments to raise money so Wandet Nariowa can attend school in Tanzania. Stacey-Kyle Rea, a seminary intern at St. John Lutheran Church, Phoenixville, Pa., says, “Courtney’s sense of stewardship is inspiring because she took everything she learned in confirmation class and put it into action. It reminds youth and adults that one person truly can make a difference in the life of another.”
Courtney, a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Phoenixville, Pa., decided she wanted to make that happen for one girl.

Thanks to Sell, Wandet Nariowa, 18, attends the MaaSae Girls Lutheran Secondary School, Monduli, Tanzania. Tuition, room and board, and books cost $750 a year. By making and selling Christmas ornaments, Sell raised $1,700. Remaining funds will go to other girls, she said.


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