Studenst looking to make a difference is grief-stricken African nation

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Opportunity will be a first for NSCC

Human Services students here at the Nova Scotia Community College's Cumberland Campus are looking to make a change in the life of young and old alike halfway across the globe in the African nation of Tanzania.

SPRINGHILL: Human Services students here at the Nova Scotia Community College's Cumberland Campus are looking to make a change in the life of young and old alike halfway across the globe in the African nation of Tanzania.
Getting there, however, is going to take a lot of fundraising and awareness but the effort, course instructor Lisa Gower says, will be worthwhile.
"It's a brand new pilot project partnering Dalhousie University with NSCC," Gower said. "To be honest when we go over we will be developing [the] curriculum."
While there Dalhousie students will provide medical assistance while the human services students will focus on providing care and determining the special needs of orphans.
There are many orphanages in the poverty stricken nation of Tanzania, Gower says, and the impact the human services class can have on the lives of those they will meet may be minimal but the global experience students will receive will change the face of the world in students eyes, making them leaders in their profession. The opportunity to utilize the skills they are learning in the direst of environments is a challenge many in the class are looking forward to.
"It's a great opportunity to apply what we've learned and learn about a new culture," student Meghan Fahey says.
"I've wanted to work with children," student Heidi Fortune said. "These are children with nothing."
In Tanzania children are subjected to the abuses of war, famine and the impact of HIV/AIDS, which 40 per cent of the population is afflicted with.
Students are actively canvassing county businesses to help raise the $4,000 per head price tag and the class will host a presentation to the public on Feb. 11, at the Cumberland Campus at 10:30 a.m. The presentation will provide information on the opportunity for change students can make, community development and the excursion's international mission and purpose

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Human Services, Dalhousie University

Geographic location: Tanzania

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