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In 1997, Steve Peifer, the successful manager of one of America's high tech corporate giants, and his wife, Nancy, were told their unborn baby had trisomy-13, a chromosomal condition that produces multiple developmental deformities and birth defects. Their doctors said the baby's condition would certainly be "incompatible with life." The Peifers loved their new son for as long as they had him. Which was 8 days.
Seeking to flee the pain of his old life, Steve and Nancy agreed to a 12-month mission assignment as dorm parents at a boarding school in the heart of Kenya--where daily life was often defined by drought, disease, poverty, and hunger. And that's how a corporate executive who once oversaw 9,000 computer software consultants ended up feeding lunch and teaching computer skills to starving Africa schoolchildren.
Today, thirteen years after their short-term assignment, Steve Peifer and his team have built 20 solar computer centers and still provide daily lunches for over 20,000 Kenyan school children in thirty-five national public schools.
This is his story ...