In a month associated with love, Tusculum College’s Center for Civic Advancement is providing the opportunity to show compassion and significantly touch lives in a village in Africa.
During the month of February, the Center will be collecting school supplies and sewing supplies to send to Atorkor, an impoverished fishing village in southern Ghana on the western coast of Africa.
Items needed include school supplies such as paper, books, backpacks and used computers in good condition. Also needed are sewing materials such as cloth/material, buttons, zippers, thread, pins (both safety and straight), scissors, yarn, crochet hooks, and sewing machines.
The Center is working with the Atorkor Development Foundation to provide these needed supplies to the village. This foundation is a non-profit development organization based in Ghana and the United Kingdom. It was established in 2001 to help overcome poverty in Atorkor with a vision of transforming the village from an impoverished community into a self-sustaining one with basic amenities – jobs, a health center, clean drinking water for all, well-equipped schools and vocational center, electricity, and affordable community facilities for all.
Tusculum already has ties with the Atorkor. Dr. DiAnn Casteel, associate professor of education, and Rachel Burchnell, an education major, worked in schools there last summer as part of an educational mission project.
Items are being collected from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Center for Civic Advancement, located on the second floor of Rankin Hall (beside the Niswonger Commons) on the Tusculum campus.
For additional information, please contact the Center at 423-636-7327 or e-mail email@example.com.