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Clark University students make a difference in Sierra Leone

By Ashley Millette

In early January 10 Clark University students headed to Sierra Leone, Africa, on a trip that would prove to be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Accompanied by David Jordan, the CEO of the Seven Hills Foundation, and several of his employees, the group departed for Sierra Leone on January 7 and stayed for 11 days. While there, they partnered with Fresh Hope Ministries and volunteered at two orphanages, a women’s health clinic, and other centers designed to aid youth and women.

Sierra Leone, one of the smaller countries in Africa, also has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. One in five women will die while giving birth and one in four children will die before their fifth birthday. Fortunately, many organizations are trying to build clinics in remote villages where otherwise no health care would be available.

Amelia Angevine, one of the Clark students who travelled to Sierra Leone, described one of the remote clinics her team visited; “The clinic was two miles in the woods and had a straw thatched roof and tarp floor. It was so simple but it runs so well.” Many woman and children would go to the clinic to for malaria medication and testing. Continue reading Clark University students make a difference in Sierra Leone