In collaboration with partners on campus, the Chaplain's Office has led a number of service trips to Belize and Ghana. Students who are interested in participating in such a trip should contact the Chaplain to learn about possible opportunities in the future.
In December of 2012, the Chaplain and Professor Callie DeBellis led a team of eight students to Accra, Ghana, volunteering at our Sisters United partnership orphanage. After supporting one of the Beacon House girls, Rosemond, for two years, it was exciting to meet her and the other children at the center! Our team divided into two groups: one group led a literacy program for the children and organized a day long Christmas party with outdoor games, a spaghetti dinner and time to open Christmas presents, while the other half planted fruit trees on property the orphanage owns outside of the city and hopes to move to in the coming year. We also partnered with the NC State University Department of Poultry Science to have a chicken house built on the property. The eggs will provide an egg layer business for the orphanage and a high source of protein for the children.
The Chaplain led several spring break student service trips to San Ignacio, Belize volunteering at a local Baptist church and Faith Nazarene Primary School. The groups led a literacy program with the school children, organized neighborhood dinners, and with extensive financial help from Meredith's Colton English Club, hosted numerous fundraising projects to have a playground built for the school. Studies show that playgrounds keep children in school and teach important life lessons like sharing, negotiation, competition, and creativity. Professor Kelly Roberts and Professor Carolyn Happer who attended the spring break trips also led a month long Belize study abroad opportunity for students continuing our partnership with the Faith Nazarene Primary School.
See how Meredith students are going strong through international service.
Donna Battle, Chaplain