Video: 2012 Jefferson Awards winner Cindy Nofziger

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by John Goff

KING5.com

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 13 at 10:20 AM

Cindy returned to visit Sierra Leone in June of 2004, and a local friend asked if she could help him rebuild a school in his village that was destroyed during the recent civil war.

Without any experience, her determination to "try" as she had promised led her to take the first step. She found time nights and weekends to turn drawings by children in the village into notecards and sold them to raise money.

That notecards project provided the seed money and soon the village school was built. But Cindy did not stop there. She had seen so many more villages that had been destroyed and children with no place to go and no hope.

She founded the nonprofit Schools for Salone and formed partnerships with contacts in Sierra Leone, leveraging land donations by the government and volunteer construction help. The organization is changing lives and communities.

It has now built 12 schools, has another under construction, built a library, built water wells in villages and helped to supply books and support teachers.

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