Saturday, December 17, 2016

Aubrey Churchman Reports on Service-Learning with Glory House

Aubrey Churchman with his Glory House sponsor, Idalbert Joseph
This semester, Aubrey Churchman completed his French minor with a service-learning experience with Glory House. Below is his reflection on his experience.


In order to complete my French minor at William Jewell, I needed to take two level 300+ classes in order to get all of the credits I needed for the minor in this last semester. So, on top of being enrolled in FRE 320 Contemporary Arts & Film class, I was also fortunate enough to be enrolled in an independent study that had be involved with the French speaking community here in Kansas City. For my independent service learning, I’m partnering with the Glory House KC, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping Haitians in Haiti and to help Haitian refugees assimilate into American culture. My sponsor's name and head of the Glory House is Idalbert Joseph, a Haitian man who moved from Haiti to the United States 16 years ago, right before his oldest son was born. 
 
My duties for the Glory House were mainly in communication and research for supplying the island with clean drinking water. One of the biggest problems Haiti has is they have a shortage of potable water, so a part of my job was to research the cost and effectiveness of Iodine filters that can filter out toxins in undrinkable water and make it potable. As for communications, I was in charge of helping spread awareness of the recent Hurricane that tore through Haiti and to create social media pages that will help the Glory House grow on the internet in the form of an instagram page and a facebook page. 

Our main goal for communications was to attempt to create partnerships with large organizations and benefactors to Haiti so that the Glory House could send aid to the Northwest side of the island, a part of Haiti that receives little to no help from large organizations such as USAID and UNICEF. We’re currently filling out the paperwork needed to partner with these organizations as it is a tedious and long process that often is denied. We’re asking for partners because the Glory House sponsors teachers in Haiti and pays some of their salary. With the recent Hurricane destroying most of the schools, we’ve been in charge of developing a funding account to building a school in Colin, Haiti. Our Gofundme page for the school is doing quite successful and I urge anyone reading this to help benefit a great cause. 

My affiliation with the Glory House has placed me in situations that I couldn’t possibly predict. Being on the phone with representatives from organizations like UNICEF, USAID, and the Global Orphan Project was pretty crazy and I’ll have the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Haiti in March for a week to help rebuild schools, talk to children, and perform any task that they might need help with. Here are some pictures of the school we will be providing funds to and a couple pictures from Haiti itself. 

 

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