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.By Christine Hamelin with photography by Bernard Clark

At the end of the day, we all look at the same sky; we’re just born in different places,” says Nancy Stevens, founder of Kenya Help. Strongly compassionate toward the less fortunate, she believes that “God put me on the earth to do good. If you just give someone a drink of water when they’re thirsty, you’re changing a life.”

She was born in 1971 in Smiths Falls and raised there with her three siblings, with whom she is still close. Her father, Joe, was a paramedic for 37 years, and her mother, Judy, looked after the home; the family welcomed many foster children over the years. Their grandmother looked after beloved Aunt Nancy (“Nanners”), Judy’s sister, who was mentally and physically disabled. “I didn’t realize until later how much of an influence Nanners was; she instilled empathy, understanding and patience in us. Love kept her alive.” After Nancy’s grandmother died, “Nanners came home with us, and my mom looked after her for the rest of her life.”

Nancy remembers being “a mischievous little child.” . . .

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