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WFU students return from helping those in need

January 11, 2007

Wake Forest University’s motto, “Pro Humanitate” (for humanity), is one that is widely embraced on campus.  More than 50 percent of the Wake Forest student body participates in volunteerism locally, nationally and abroad.  Forty-one students, who recently joined those ranks after spending a portion of their winter break serving others in Vietnam, South America, India and the Gulf Coast, will return home Jan. 12 and 13.  (Note to editor:  Student participants are available for interviews after they return to campus.)

Eleven students participated in the Peaceworks Ambassadors International Service Trip and traveled to the Ben Tre Province, Mo Cay District of Vietnam to help build a school.  This is the fifth school Wake Forest students have built in Vietnam. 

The Kayamandi Township in South Africa was the destination for 12 Wake Forest students.  The Mission of Good Hope trip is held in conjunction with Stellenbosch University.  Student volunteers provided computer training for disadvantaged local citizens.

Another 11 students traveled to Calcutta, India, with the City of Joy Scholar’s Program.  They not only helped the Missionaries of Charity care for handicapped children and children in orphanages, but also changed beds, bathed patients, cleaned wards and fed and comforted the sick and dying.

Ten students from the Wake Forest Catholic Community, including three Salem College students, traveled to New Orleans and Pascagoula, Mississippi.  In Louisiana, students worked with Catholic charities to continue Hurricane Katrina clean-up and rebuilding efforts.  In Mississippi, they provided children’s activities and programs at a needy Catholic school.

Wake Forest faculty/staff advisors accompanied the students on each trip, and a few students from Salem College and Winston-Salem State University also participated.

The university has hosted international service trips since 1994, when a Wake Forest student initiated a trip to Calcutta to help Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.  The trips, which are student-initiated and student-led, are held every year during winter and spring breaks. 

The City of Joy and Mission of Good Hope trips are sponsored by Wake Forest’s Student Development office and the Volunteer Service Corps.  The Vietnam trip is sponsored by the Lilly Grant and the Gulf Coast trip is sponsored by the Wake Forest Catholic Campus Ministry.

To arrange coverage contact the News Service at 336-758-5237.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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