Women of Vision Sponsor University Adoption of African Village

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

Cedarville, Ohio- "It takes a village to raise a child," declares the African proverb. But who helps raise the village? It could be your local Christian university.

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.

Cedarville is one of the first members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) to adopt a village. The Fisheni village is an isolated community that faces such challenges as a lack of clean water, a low literacy rate, and a high rate of AIDS. WOV intends to raise $30,000 for the village this year. The support raised will be used to improve Fisheni in three areas: water, education, and health.

The public is invited to attend the University’s Tuesday, Sept. 26 chapel service, when World Vision representative Steve Haas will kick off an awareness campaign for the project, highlighting the AIDS crisis in Africa. At 7 p.m. that evening, Haas will be answering questions in an informational presentation held in the Dixon Ministry Center Recital Hall, also open to the public. The chapel presentation can be heard on CDR Radio, The PATH® (90.3 FM locally), at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. as well as online at www.ThePath.fm. (CDR Radio, The PATH®, is a community-supported media ministry of Cedarville University.)

The three-week awareness campaign will culminate in an opportunity for students and the community to contribute financially to the project.

WOV was established to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of impoverished women and children worldwide. As part of World Vision, the group is a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide relief and support for victims of oppression.

For more information about WOV or the Fisheni Village project, call 937-766-7632 or visit www.cedarville.edu/fisheni.