TCU Daily Skiff Friday, April 2, 2004
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AHO to serve in Africa
The African Heritage Organization will take their community service overseas next month.

By Erica Parker

The African Heritage Organization is planning two weeks of service work in some of the poverty-stricken areas of Kenya in May.

AHO members say they are doing this to try to help fulfill the mission statements of both their organization and TCU.

“AHO members are passionate about doing something,” said Kenyan native Peninah Murage, a senior sociology and biology major.

“We definitely cannot heal the poverty issue but we will touch a life, and in return ours will be touched and hopefully forms chain that will spread in the entire TCU commmunity and elsewhere,” Murage said.

The organization plans to take 15 students to Kibera, the second largest slum in Africa, located in Nairobi. They will also visit villages in Baringo.

In Kibera, AHO members will teach math, grammar and reading. They will also facilitate workshops on sanitation and health and mentor graduating seniors, Murage said.

The organization will also donate first aid kits, provide funding to complete classroom construction, and build water tanks for the Baringo villages, said Murage.

Kenyan native Mary Anne Waithaka, a junior accounting and finance major, said AHO has been involved in the Fort Worth community, but that the organization needs to think globally.

“Taking a group of dedicated members and other TCU students along, is something TCU should applaud and embrace because it will open their eyes to real global issues and they will hopefully rub the project’s impact to everyone in the TCU community,” Murage said.

Ghana native Susan Quaye said the organization will learn about African culture in a way that no book, movie or documentary can.

“This trip will allow us to have a realistic and personal understanding of African problems and discover how they affect us on a daily basis,” said Quaye, AHO President and sophomore psychology major.

Prior to the trip, members will attend mentoring, education and health science training courses. Participants are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of community service and attend conversational Swahili lessons, said Murage.

“There are many problems in Kenya that needs to be addressed: poverty, water, electricity, drainage and most of all education,” Waithaka said. “Education is the main area AHO is going to address, and we believe education is the answer to poverty.”

Veronica Shields, a junior advertising/public relations major, said nearly $10,000 is needed to fully cover the cost of both projects and is holding fundraising events this month.

Those interested in donating to the service trip in Africa should send emails to aho_tcu@yahoo.com or send checks to TCU Box 296810, Fort Worth, Texas, 76129.
 
 
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