Though they don’t know it, children around the world have an advocate at Alma College. Sophomore Elizabeth Espinosa has been awarded a SCAN Fellowship from Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) to help plan an event to raise awareness for the plight of children around the world.
Making a Difference For Children of the World, began April 4 with a photographic display and presentation by Kenneth Harrow, the Amnesty Country Specialist for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda. His address focused on the situation of child soldiers, particularyly those in the eastern DRC and the Great Lakes Region of Africa.
In the time it takes to read this sentence, a child in the developing world will have starved to death. A massive number of children around the world live with chronic malnutrition, sometimes unable to move as a result of the lack of even the most basic necessities. Even when these children get the food they need, they are faced with horrible conditions many are orphans, and uknown numbers of these are enlisted as soldiers in wars fought around the developing world.
Making a Difference For Children of the World sought to raise awareness in the Alma community of issues relating to children in developing nations.
Michigan Campus Compact promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.