Sage Birchwater of the Williams Lake Tribune explains Mr. King's involvement in the charity.
At the Tatla Lake Christmas Craft Fair last month, Luke King, 26, had a table selling children’s books, calendars and woven bags made from recycled plastic.
The items, he explained, were all part of a project to raise funds for a small village in Madagascar.
When King, who grew up on a ranch in the West Branch Valley south of Tatla Lake, graduated from the UBC geological engineering program two-and-a-half years ago, he and four university friends went to Madagascar.
Three of whom are now doctoral students, one is a law student, and King is an engineer.
“I went there in the summer of 2006 for a couple of months,” King says.
He says two members of his party were there for eight months.
“We hung out in Tsarahonenana, a community where there was no school,” King continues. “And we were introduced to a gentleman who had a development plan for the community.”
A month ago King and his friends formally joined with Rose Charities to give their project a stronger organizational base.
“Rose Charities works all over the world,” King says.
He says Rose Charities Madagascar is a Canadian group dedicated to helping children and communities in need in Madagascar.
“Rose Charities works with a variety of Malagasy-run projects that reach out to abandoned, orphaned and underprivileged children that would otherwise be living in poverty,” King says.
We will put a link to Rose Charities up in the "Get Involved Links" later today.