In response to the 2010 Meredith summer reading book “Half the Sky,” the Office of the Chaplain and the Class of 2013 formed Sisters United. Working through a child advocacy nonprofit ministry in Atlanta, Sisters United sponsors the educational needs of girls at orphanages in Kenya and Ghana. Many believe that educating girls in the developing world is one of the most effective ways to create positive change.
The Chaplain will lead another Ghana Service Trip in July 2015. This trip will be expanded to include students, faculty, staff, alumnae, retirees and their family and friends.
For additional trip details including descriptions of service projects and cost, please download the appropriate application:
Please mail your completed application to Rev. Stacy Pardue, Chaplain, Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607.
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 has led two 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, worked in construction and last year did many 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 led a month long Belize study abroad opportunity for students continuing our partnership with the Faith Nazarene Primary School.
Stacy Pardue, Chaplain
Phone: (919) 760-8346
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