July 20, 2015 11:07 AM

Pixie Fennessey, Millikin University adjunct professor of psychology and sociology, has spent a decade working with children at the By Grace Disabled and Orphans Centre in Kayole, Kenya.

Fennessey, also a professor at Richland Community College, first became involved with the orphanage during an organized mission trip in 2005 for volunteer opportunities and to raise HIV and AIDS awareness through an Illinois Department of Public Health grant.

After her first visit, Fennessey began raising money for the center's needs and teaching a variety of classes to the children including creative arts, physical education and life skills.

Fennessey makes presentations throughout the Decatur community to spread awareness of the center's needs. Several community organizations have become involved with fundraising efforts.

Fennessey has worked in various mental health agencies as a psychotherapist and teaches several courses at Millikin including: Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology and Social Psychology.

Click here to read more about Fennessey's work with the By Grace Disabled and Orphans Centre in an article from the Belleville News-Democrat.