SW Missouri Ham Radio Operator Helps Monk in Amazon

9 years 1 month 1 week ago Tuesday, July 05 2011 Jul 5, 2011 Tuesday, July 05, 2011 8:10:00 AM CDT July 05, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A ham radio operator from southwest Missouri has helped out a monk in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon jungle.

The relationship between Kent Hawkins of Ash Grove and Franciscan monk Gerard Saunders started in September when the men connected over the airwaves.

During their chat, Hawkins learned Saunders lacked materials to teach his high school students in Tierra Blanca, Peru, how to repair small engines.

Hawkins was a former 4-H participant and thought the organization could help. He mailed Saunders some old 4-H materials from a University of Missouri Extension office.

Now Saunders said his dream is to offer courses in things like electronics, small motors and television repair.

The University of Missouri Extension said in a release there is even talk of starting a 4-H Club in Saunders' village.

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