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Slayton grads find niche helping impoverished

January 2, 2013

Steve and Nancy stand before the newly built school for which they successfully raised $100,000 to build.  The school stands near a former rice field and is equipped for future expansion. 
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Steve and Nancy stand before the newly built school for which they successfully raised $100,000 to build.  The school stands near a former rice field and is equipped for future expansion.
"In Bangladesh, English is desirable for furthering your education," Nancy adds.  "We just hope we have given them a leg up down the road."  NANCY LAIBLE Slayton native
By: Rebecca Hudson Murray County News Staffwriter    

When they retired a decade ago, Steve and Nancy Laible knew that they were ready for a change from their working careers.  Both Murray County natives were born and raised in Slayton, graduating from the local high school and going on to careers, she in microbiology and he in accounting.  But they had both reached a point in their lives when it was time for a new direction, and so they sought the answer.

They found the change they were seeking while on a trip to Bangladesh with a church mission trip a couple years later.  "We were looking for something helpful to do and the church was looking for some consultants," Steve says.  The fit was perfect.

Steve spent two weeks there in 2002, Nancy says, "and was quite enthralled with the experience and the area."  They found a need in Bangladesh so digging in together, the couple decided to pool their efforts and start a scholarship program that would provide financial resources for children in that impoverished country that would allow them to attend school. 

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