"Africa Week" Shines Light on Issues and Opportunities

Moravian's Omicron Gamma Omega fraternity is hosting a series of events concerning Africa, April 6-12. The events, three lectures and a film, are free and open to the public. (The first two lectures, "Searching for the Real Africa" by Curtis Keim, professor of history, and "Hello—Uganda Calling" by Martha Hoffman, president of Call to Care Uganda,were held earlier this week.)

Thursday, April 8
Dana Lecture Hall, Collier, 7 p.m.
"Kenyan Health Care Issues"
Ralph F. Stroup, M.D., Yale School of Medicine
Dr. Stroup worked in Kenya as a volunteer in 2008, participating in an HIV/AIDS training workshop for Kenyan health care workers. While there, he was invited by the local Maasai leadership to visit remote health care clinics in desperate need of financial support. Since his return to the U.S., Dr. Stroup has been involved in raising awareness and funds to address the health care needs of Kenyans. On Thursday, he will speak about basic health issues that many Africans face and how you can help.

Monday, April 12
Dana Lecture Hall, Collier, 9 p.m
The Invisible Children, a documentary film
A compelling and informative documentary about the 20-plus year-old conflict in Uganda and practice of abducting children to serve as soldiers. Come learn about the struggle of child soldiers in Uganda, and how you can do your part to aid in the relief effort. (Opportunities to donate will be available.) Sponsored by Alpha Sigma Tau sorority in conjunction with Africa Week. 

"We feel that it is important to give back to our local community and the world around us," said Dylan Stroup '10, philanthropic chair of OGO and the program's organizer. "Africa has been through many changes recently and now has one of the fastest growing economies. Many not-for-profit organizations are putting their energy into creating a healthy, safe Africa. This is a chance for the college community to understand the life-changing opportunities and initiatives occurring in Africa—all are making a dramatic difference with relatively little funds."