to raise funding for trip
African Heritage Organization may not have been able to
keep TCU funds, but that hasnt stopped the group
from raising money.
The African Heritage Organization is not going to let
international tension prevent them from going on their
service trip to Kenya.
We are still in the process of fundraising for our
trip to Kenya, but if we do not receive enough donations,
the trip might be postponed to December, said Rahwa
Neguse, a junior sociology major.
The bulk of the $30,000 trip cost to Kenya will go towards
airfare, which will cost $17,760, said Peninah Murage,
president of AHO.
AHO has nearly $6,000 and has talked with American Airlines
to help finance 15 tickets, Neguse said.
AHO plans to help build a water tank in Baringo, work
in Kibera to build translucent roofing and provide classroom
furniture and educate students on sanitation, said Murage,
a senior sociology and biology major.
The organization will still donate money toward the service
project if they cant reach their goal, Murage said.
AHO executives met with Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
Don Mills April 7 to reconsider their trip to Kenya. AHO
was given the option to serve in Ghana instead, but were
given four days to scrap their original plans and create
new ones, she said.
If we changed location to Ghana, we didnt
have a lot of time to make new plans and present it to
the House of Representatives. We decided to continue with
the Kenyan trip and look for funds outside of TCU,
The Student Government Association gave AHO $14,208 toward
the trip but the organization had to return the check
because TCU policy prevents university funds from being
used to send faculty, staff and students to countries
with U.S. Department of State travel warnings, said Jay
Zeidman, president of the Student Government Association.
The U.S. Department of State issued a warning in September
encouraging Americans to avoid all non-essential travel
to Kenya because of terrorist threats in the region.