Humanitarian and Hunger
Livestock for Life
DWU students have partnered with McGovern Center supporters and local leaders around the world to alleviate food security issues through innovative, locally-led, and internationally-supported projects. In Uganda and Rwanda, Africa, we are working on food security issues that include school lunch projects and the gift of livestock. In both countries a local school parent-teacher organization works with the McGovern Center to select families in greatest need of food assistance. Small livestock (typically a goat) are gifted to a family. The family cares for the goat until it reproduces then keeps the primary goat and works with the PTA to re-gift an offspring to another family in need.
The program has gifted more than 60 goats and four cows in Uganda and Rwanda since the project began in 2013. In 2015, the McGovern Center also created cooperatives to help manage the growing livestock programs in the communities and are supporting local animal care specialists to help train animal recipients to properly support, feed, sustain and grow their livestock operations. Each cooperative member also contributes a portion of his/her earnings back to the group and the group collectively decides ways that they can work together to support other community needs, like access to education.
Donations toward this project don’t just support a family in need, they provide them with the tools they need to build their future. A donation of just $50 supports the gift of one goat.
Universities Fighting World HungerOur Universities Fighting World Hunger students have been busy eliminating hunger in local and national communities. Students organized a shopping cart drive during the homecoming parade to collect snack foods and funds for Mitchell’s Weekend Snack Pack Program (a program developed by an alumnus which delivers easy-to-prepare meals to local elementary students every Friday), and recruited students and community members to participate in the annual Crop Walk to raise awareness and support for local agencies devoted to poverty relief. UFWH students are currently working on a children’s book to further support DWU’s emerging Livestock for Life project and do annual “change dumps” to raise funds to support local and international charities fighting to end hunger. Each spring, the UFWH group attends the international UFWH conference where they engage with other campus leaders in the fight to end world hunger.
To become involved, contact McGovern Center director and UFWH adviser Dr. Alisha Vincent
Service-Learning in the Community
- Creating change worldwide: As part of their capstone academic experience, senior public service majors Kelli Swenson and Chase Kristensen will spend their spring semester helping DWU alumnus Thomas Madut build a school in South Sudan, Africa. The trio will work with Alisha Vincent, McGovern Center director and professor, on creating important foundational pieces for the organization, including applying for tax-exempt status, creating a strategic plan, working on board governance materials, and devising a fundraising strategy to sustain the Madut School for Hope in South Sudan.
- Helping new Americans: Students in Vincent’s Global Service Course will work with Sioux Fall’s Lutheran Social Service’s Refugee Resettlement Program every Tuesday to help refugees learn English through English conversation sessions. The course is designed to be mutually beneficial for both LSS, which needs assistance for refugees hoping to learn English, and for DWU students who will learn about important issues of diversity, culture and humanitarian outreach.
- Making a difference at home: Throughout the 2013-14 academic year, students in Vincent’s Leadership and Public Service courses develop and deliver projects that benefit several local charities. These projects have included fundraisers, awareness events, and capacity building for Mitchell area nonprofit agencies.
To learn more about the academic service-learning projects at DWU, or to discover how your agency might benefit from collaboration, please contact Dr. Alisha Vincent.