Aid for Africa, From African Students
Students hailing from Africa are engaged in philanthropic efforts to help people in their home nations. Hwinei Tavengwa, a junior at Wesleyan, sells the paintings of a Ugandan artist; 10% of the proceeds then go to Kudzidza Hupenyu (meaning Education for Life), a committee that gives money to schools in Zimbabwe. St. Joseph’s University student Michael Mungai Nyambura was central to the founding of an orphanage for street boys in Kenya. Nyambura himself had been such a street boy until he was captured in a documentary called “Left Behind.” After seeing that documentary, students from Connecticut College raised the money to send him to high school. Two St. Joseph’s students who visited him at the orphanage he founded encouraged him to apply to their university; St. Joe’s awarded Nyambura a four-year scholarship. He now works to raise student awareness of AIDS on campus.