Adopting a Village

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

Cedarville University is leading the way for Christian colleges in the area of international humanitarian aid, taking child sponsorship to the next level. The campus group Women of Vision (WOV), a volunteer program of World Vision, is partnering with the University to “adopt a village” in Zambia.

The Fisheni village of Zambia is an isolated community that faces challenges such as a lack of clean water, a low literacy rate, and a high rate of AIDS. WOV is seeking to raise $30,000 for the village this year.

In hopes of increasing awareness about Fisheni, Cedarville students spent several weeks focusing on the three issues the village faces. The final week involved a “Water Challenge” in which 10 Cedarville students lived in tents on campus, using only four gallons of water per person every day for four days. The event culminated in an opportunity for the campus to pray and contribute financially to the Fisheni project.

Student participant Lindsay Malone ’08 said she found the Water Challenge to be stretching and humbling. “I have grown up having all my needs met and more,” she said. “Stepping into the life of a Zambian, even in this small way, made me understand community and suffering more. It was a humbling experience.”

The experience made Lindsay rethink some of her notions about Third World countries and even the fairness of life for some people. She shared, “Struggling through these issues has made me re-evaluate myself and my beliefs.”

As of this writing, WOV has raised more than $23,000 to help improve Fisheni’s water, literacy, and health.

As part of World Vision, WOV is a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide relief and support for victims of oppression. Projects such as Fisheni are allowing WOV to reach its goal of meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of impoverished women and children worldwide. For more information about WOV or the Fisheni project, call 937-766-7632.