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Students to Be Honored for Volunteer Work in Africa


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Monday, Feb. 9, 2009
2:30 to 4 p.m.

WHAT:  A group of UMass Lowell Nursing students, faculty and alumni will be honored for their recent trip to Ghana, West Africa to provide much-needed health care to needy children in adults in the rural village of Kpando.

Nursing Students Without Borders spent three weeks in January during UMass Lowell’s winter break volunteering in rural hospitals and schools, and teaching villagers how to purify their tainted water supply. The group included 11 students, led by Nursing major Brianna Norton, as well as Asst. Prof. Valerie King and Brianna’s mother Maura Sullivan Norton, a UMass Lowell Nursing alum, all of Chelmsford. The other students who participated are from Andover, Methuen, Newburyport, Charlestown, Dracut, Lowell, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Berlin and Wakefield.
Nursing Students Without Borders, a student-run organization, raised more than $10,000 for travel expenses and to purchase medical supplies. In addition, they collected donations of first-aid supplies, clothing, vitamins and more for the residents of Kpando.

Monday’s event will include shared stories of the group’s experiences and speakers including Chancellor Marty Meehan, Provost Ahmed Abdelal, Nursing Department Chair and Prof. Karen Devereaux Melillo.

WHERE: Allen House, UMass Lowell South, Two Solomont Way, Lowell. Contact the Office of Public Affairs for directions and parking information.

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For more information, contact or 978-934-3224