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Students, faculty, alumni to take Service Learning Trip to Nepal in January

October 26, 2017

This January, 19 Ursuline students, faculty, alumni, and community members will return to Nepal for two weeks of service to vulnerable children. This trip is part of the Counseling and Art Therapy Department’s Service Learning Program, which was created in 2012 to help students increase awareness of global issues, seek justice and action, sow kindness, and explore the world outside of the privilege of living in the United States.

This year’s group will join forces with 12 students and faculty from Mercyhurst University’s undergrad art therapy program to work on projects at three organizations. The Mercyhurst cohort will work at Samata School, a low-fee school for impoverished children, to provide creative arts and recreation. One Ursuline group will work at PA Nepal, an organization that works with children of imprisoned women, while the other Ursuline group will work with girls who have been sexually abused or trafficked at Antardristi Safe House.

Professor Katherine Jackson, PhD, who led the 2016 trip, said the purpose of the trip is not to change the children or make things better. Rather, she said, “We will work within the framework that already exists to empower the children from within. Activities for each site will include cultural sharing, creating intentions, hopes and dreams for the future, sharing feelings, dialogs about education for underprivileged boys and girls, and an immersion into Hindu and Buddhist cultures.”

Pre-Trip fund raising dinner and art sale are Dec. 1
On Friday, Dec. 1, from 4-7pm, Ursuline's Counseling & Art Therapy Department is sponsoring a fund raising Nepalese dinner and art sale to raise money for the nonprofits serving sex-trafficked and underserved children in Nepal. The cost is $20 ($10 for students) and the meal will be held in the Parker Hannifin Building, room 304B. If you are interested in attending the event or otherwise supporting the 2018 trip, please contact Katherine Jackson or Pete Finnerty by November 25. In 2016, the Ursuline group raised more than $1,500 to build a science lab at Samata School and help with daily expenses at PA Nepal. 

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