The UD chapter of buildOn is so excited for the Spring semester to get underway. Our chapter has more events than ever planned for the months ahead, some new and others repeats of successful events from previous semesters!
We are beginning this semester with an incredible $22, 065 towards the second school in Burkina Faso, leaving only $7,935 left to raise this semester. We have hit the ground running so far having already had a couple successful days of canning and a fundraiser with Panera coming up next week on March 2nd. On march 23rd, we will have our second restaurant fundraiser at Insomnia Cookies. Because of its incredible success last year, we will be co-hosting another Jail n’ Bail fundraiser with Engineers Without Borders on April 22nd on the Trabant Patio.
This semester, our chapter will be growing our week-long awareness campaign, Seva Week. Seva is the Sanskrit word meaning “service to others.” Along with the other events we had last year including Jail n’ Bail, we will be adding Development and Human Rights Night on Thursday, April 21st. We hope to garner interest in the field of development and human rights on the University of Delaware campus by bringing together RSOs on campus sharing the work they are doing and showing the student body how they can get involved. Our chapter has also invited speakers who will come to discuss their current careers and work, specifically on the continent of Africa. We look forward to this being a very successful event.
Over the winter, our dear friend Ahmed Kere, who acted as our in-country trek coordinator during our last trek to Burkina Faso, passed away. He was amongst the individuals gunned down in a terrorist attack in Ouagadougou in January. In his memory, we are currently planning an event to honor him and his work. With this event, we hope to create interfaith dialogue about the nature of events occurring in the world today.
As March arrives, the buildOn chapter of UD looks forward to our upcoming events, new and old, and our continued push in fighting for buildOn’s mission.