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A Heart in Two Homes

A resident of Cleveland, Luc Kiebre keeps a second home in his heart: the country of Burkina Faso in Africa, where he grew up. 

Kiebre entered the nursing profession because he likes to help people. And it doesn’t end with his workdays as a registered nurse. Kiebre keeps his eyes open for solar panels, medical supplies and other items that he can ship overseas to help those who could use them.

When he saw that mattresses and bed frames were being auctioned off by The Village, as part of normal turnover and updating at the apartments on NEOMED’s campus, he was interested. And he was the highest bidder.

On a sunny day recently, Kiebre pulled up to the parking lot of Building 2 of The Village with his truck and trailer, ready to haul away more than 75 sets of frames and mattresses. His plan is to give some to his family in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, and then distribute the rest as needed. 

A man of few words, though a big heart, Kiebre said his motivation was simple: “I’m trying to help people back in Africa.”