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Marybeth Boyle, of Cottage Grove, said she feels a personal connection to a group of women in Kenya who have taken in orphan children whose parents died of AIDS. Boyle is part of Grandmother Circles, a locally based group providing funds and support to the Kenyan women. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)

Distant connection: Cottage Grove residents see 'personal tie' in Kenya aid work

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The small group of elderly women raising dozens of orphaned youth are a half-world away, but Cottage Grove residents Marybeth and Joe Boyle can’t stop thinking about them.


The Boyles are involved in Grandmother Circles, a nonprofit organization that raises money to provide clean water and other resources to a group of grandmothers who care for roughly 100 orphaned children in rural Kenya.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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