still planning Kenya trip
AHO wants to make it very clear that the trip to Kenya
is not completely canceled. We are working on other
arrangements. I want to make it very clear that if any
writers in the Skiff want to post an article, they need
to first do research on the topic beforehand and have
off, AHO is NOT and has never planned a trip to Israel;
that is false information. In addition, the trip to
Kenya is based on two humanitarian projects. One is
to finish school construction and help a build water
tank in Baringo and the other is to work in Kibera to
build translucent roofing and provide classroom furniture.
The aspects of our projects, such as providing roofing
for an alternative to electricity, providing a technique
to obtain clean water, and promoting education about
sanitation is not something that you can just wait on.
It is a necessity and not a luxury. There are many dying
day by day. The question is not Why dont
you just go next year? The question to be asked
is Why didnt you go last year and the year
before that? This is an urgent matter when
it comes to human lives, there are no policies, no timelines,
no agendas. It is about using the strength that God
has given us to find the strengths in others. That is
what humanity is about. No man is an island entire
of its own, remember that? What ever happened
to being my brothers keeper?
Being ethical is about taking action and standing for
something you believe in, even if you are standing alone.
Being ethical is about living out the true meaning of
life. Learning to change the world should not just be
a message spread across a billboard or writing on paper.
Changing the world is done by action, sincere consideration
and true intention. What does that say when the university
can not support a trip to fulfill the TCU mission statement
to "educate individuals to act and think as ethical
leaders and responsible citizens in a global community."
Is this just a message on paper or is it a call to action?
If it is a call to action, it is not very effective.
I challenge TCU students and the local community to
look outside of yourself and your situation, and for
one moment think about others who are in dire need of
clean water, electricity and health care.
We have an obligation to be a voice for the voiceless.
We should be urged to support each other as brothers
and sisters, in the name of humanity. Isn't that what
Christianity is about? So, why does it feel so difficult
and why are there so many obstacles in the way when
one wants to do good for others? Is this society about
doing what is RIGHT or doing what is "politically
correct? I challenge everyone to look at this
matter more closely.
By the way, the trip to Kenya is not over and the plane
will leave U.S. soil and land in Kenya when the time
is right. TCU is not the only financial source around.
With God on our side, who can be against us?
Rahwa Neguse, junior sociology major
note: This is in response to Policy prevents
trip from receiving funds in the April 7 edition
of the Skiff. Jonathan Ogujiofor, African Heritage Organizations
adviser, is quoted in the story saying that a trip to
Israel was canceled last year. A TCU policy prohibits
university funds from being used to send faculty, staff
and students to countries with U.S. Department of State