TCU Daily Skiff Thursday, April 22, 2004
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AHO to raise funding for trip
The African Heritage Organization may not have been able to keep TCU funds, but that hasn’t stopped the group from raising money.

By Erica Parker
Staff Reporter

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 can’t 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 didn’t 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,” Neguse said.

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.
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