International volunteers from National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) are going to the east African nation of Kenya this year for the first time. They will provide services such as assisting with local community construction, information education and cultural exchanges. Knowing that NTHU students are willing to provide service in his home country, Father Mathews Odhiambo Owuor, who came from Kenya to preach in Taiwan, not only provided students with information, but also made this volunteer trip possible, hoping that it would change the future of the children in Kenya.
Father Owuor said the gap between the rich and poor in Kenya is wide; students do not have classrooms, water and electricity. Education is a luxury for them. He highly commended the NTHU students for spending thirty-five days of their summer vacation in Kenya, providing public services and doing volunteer work. He will accompany the volunteers to Kenya with the hope that a volunteer platform will be established to give Kenyan students a glimpse of hope.
It has been eight years since the NTHU set up international volunteer groups. Each summer a group of NTHU students would travel abroad, providing services and doing volunteer work. This year they travel to Tanzania, Malaysia, Belize and Kenya. Whether the Nepal group will go or not depends on the local conditions; if a red alert is issued, the trip will be canceled.
Photo: Hung Mei-hsiu, Liberty Times
The Kenya group is the first group of NTHU students to go to Kenya and will conduct thirty-five days of volunteer work. The NTHU students will set up computer classrooms in Kenya’s schools and offer information education. The NTHU students have collected seventy used computers, relevant accessories and equipment and will set up computer classrooms in two junior high schools and elementary schools and train prospective teachers for the purpose of linking Kenya’s students with the world.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Ethan Zhan)
1. volunteer n.
志工 (zhi4 gong1)
例: If you want to know what sharing and giving feel like, be a volunteer.
2. red alert phr.
紅色警戒 (hong2 se4 jing3 jie4)
例: You don’t have to be on red alert all the time, even when your boyfriend speaks to a stranger’s cat or dog.
3. set up phr.
建立 (jian4 li4)
例: Do you know how to set up a wireless connection via command line in Linux?
(你知道如何在 Linux 底下透過指令列建立無線網路連線嗎？)
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