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Manicurist sells house, car to build school

by Pat Coate | June 14, 2009
"I promised the children I was going to open a school for them."
- Lidia Schaefer, philanthropist

When Washington manicurist Lidia Schaefer returned to her native village in Ethiopia, she was troubled by what she saw: children walking three hours each way to attend classes held not in a school, but under a tree.

She began setting aside a third of her salary and all of her tips, and later sold her house and car, to raise enough money to build a school for the village.

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