TIFTON -- A former Kenya resident now living in Tifton is looking for organizations that might be able to help send 30,000 pounds of books to his native country.

At the Tifton City Council meeting Monday, Mike Njenga said he, his wife and other Christians from a small local church founded Project Daylove while living in Kenya. The project started as a feeding program for homeless Kenyan children and has been expanded to provide clothing, education and vocational training.

Many Kenyan orphans live on the street and have no opportunity for an education, Bill Kelley of the Methodist Men's group at First United Methodist Church said. The books, collected by the Methodist Men, will be used to teach the children to read so they can start school at an appropriate grade level.

"I think it's very fitting, with Tifton being the Reading Capital of the World, that we're able to send books halfway around the world," said Njenga. "We're just waiting to get the funds to do the container and ship them there."

Shipping the books to Kenya will cost about $5,500, Njenga said.

Other matters before the council Monday included:

Presentation of a $500 check from Wal-Mart to the Leroy Rogers Senior Citizens' Center.

A proclamation naming April Child Abuse Prevention Month. On hand for the presentation were representatives of the Department of Family and Children Services, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Ruth's Cottage, the Tift County Commission on Children and Youth, the Victim's Assistance division of District Attorney Paul Bowden's office, the Georgia Association of Educators, Tift County Sheriff's Department, Tifton Police Department, Comprehensive PsychoEducational Services, Tift County Board of Education, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Circle K chapter at Abraham Baldwin College, and the Exchange Club.

Proclamations naming April 18-24 "Crime Victims' Week" and "Georgia Cities Week."

Presentation of a poster from the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence, commemorating 2 million Accelerated Reader points earned in Tift County.

Council also:

Appointed Bill Park, Tom Call and Danny Bailey to the CityNet Advisory Board.

Appointed Bill Reinhardt to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Reappointed Arthur Pettiford to the Tifton Housing Authority.

Named City Manager Charles Howell a delegate to the 2004 Gas Authority Election. Utilities director Damon Harper was named an alternate voting delegate.

Authorized Howell to hire a consultant to apply for 2004 Community Development Block Grants.

Approved alcoholic beverage licenses for FoodMax, 1810 Tift Ave.; Harvey's Supermarket, 2201 U.S. Highway 41 North; and Sunrise Pantry #24, 1203 U.S. Highway 82 West.

Amended the Leroy Rogers Senior Citizens' Center budget to reflect an additional $6,361 in funding from the Southeast Georgia Regional Development Center.

Approved second reading of ordinances allowing special exceptions for Tracy Hadley, 833 Armour Road, and Elijah Thomas, 816 and 818 Armour Road. Both requests were to place to mobile homes in an R-8 residential area.

Formally accepted the 2003 audit, which was discussed at the March workshop.

Approved a mutual aid agreement between the city and the University of Georgia Board of Regents.

Declared several used trailers surplus.



To contact city editor Florence Rankin, call 382-4321, ext. 209.

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