Five-year-old Moses Mwaura, who barely a week ago was living in a Kenyan slum, seemed perfectly at home Thursday in the plush surroundings of the Edina Country Club.
Looking through a brand-new pair of glasses with newly straightened eyes, he shook and slapped hands, showed well-wishers his newly cleaned teeth and signed a wobbly “Moses” on a newspaper story for a fan.
Moses was at the luncheon to meet Edina Rotary Club members who have heard his story as an example of the good that Rotarians do with international projects.
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Moses’ eyes were severely crossed when he met Edina Rotarian Sandy Schley two years ago as she toured a dismal slum. Determined to get the boy help, Rotarians and the community joined forces to get Moses an all-expenses-paid trip to Minnesota.
He arrived a week ago courtesy of Delta Airlines, bringing only the donated clothes on his back. An eye surgeon, dentist, pediatrician, attorney, Fairview Southdale Hospital and others donated their skills, time and money to help Moses.