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 an innovative, locally-led and internationally supported, Livestock for Life project. Through our pilot project in Rwanda, Africa, we have partnered with the parent-teacher organization at a local school to identify families suffering from poverty and food insecurities, provide them with an animal to care for and reproduce, and expand the program by cycling reproduced animals to other families in need. Because of the success of the initial project we have already received requests for expansion to Tanzania and Uganda. The McGovern Center’s goal for 2013-2014 is to raise $5,000 to purchase 30 goats and four pregnant cows, as well as support materials, and work with local leaders in Uganda and Rwanda for distribution and sustainability.
Donations toward this project don’t just support a family in need, it gives them the tools they need to build their future, with the animal, supplies and even veterinarian check-ups and vaccinations. Since the local parent-teacher organization handles the buying and delivering of the animals, there is no overhead cost to this project. For an idea of how far your dollar can go, a $50 donation will supply one family with a goat and start-up costs.
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.