Brenau students keeping commitment: raising money for work with Casa Shalom Orphanage, Guatemala

Brenau students keeping commitment: raising money for work with Casa Shalom Orphanage, GuatemalaOn Saturday, Sept. 10 At 9 a.m. Brenau University students are hosting a 5K run/1 mile walk fundraising event for the Casa Shalom Orphanage in Guatemala that will start and finish on the front lawn of Brenau University. During the 2011 spring break trip with Brenau University the students learned about and worked with this orphanage. (You can read the article about students┬┤ work in Guatemala in Brenau Window by clicking this link.

After one week of working with the orphanage it became clear that the needs of the orphans was growing and will grow in the future. Casa Shalom is struggling to provide school supplies, clothing and food for the 50+ and constantly increasing number of orphans that are living there. Every week new children arrive to the orphanage, and even though the orphanage has stretched its resources to their limits, it continues to accept these new children.

Brenau University students have organized a 5k run and 1m walk as a fundraiser to help the orphans of Casa Shalom to have school books, food and clothing for now and in the future. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be used to cover current needs for school books for all the children in the orphanage. Remaining money will be used to create a sustainable program for the orphanage to help provide for its needs in the future.

Iben Nielsen, a graduate student and teaching assistant from Denmark, will be leading a group of students in a study abroad experience to Guatemala during Spring Break 2012. Team members will actively participate in and help develop a long-term sustainable income generating program for the orphanage.

For more information, contact Nielsen at inielsen1@brenau.edu or Professor Greg Chase, at gchase@brenau.edu or 770-538-4389

Friday, September 02, 2011