Niagara Reaches Out to the World
Edward Brennan, '78
Ed Brennan, '78, C.E.O. and chairman of DFS Group, is chairman of Hand in Hand for Haiti. The nonprofit organization was established to assist Haitians in recovering from the catastrophic earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation in January 2010.
John Minerva, ’78
John Minerva, ’78, traveled to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi with the Africa Yoga Project, which seeks to spread yoga in Africa, creating jobs for young people and sharing the discipline’s health benefits.
David Loewenguth, ’83
David Loewenguth, ’83, is executive director of CHABHA (Children Affected by HIV/AIDS), an organization that raises funds for grassroots projects in Rwanda and Burundi that care for orphans and other children affected by HIV/AIDS.
Osman Kabia, ’99
Osman Kabia, ’99, has launched S.H.A.R.E. (Sustainable & Holistic Advances for Rural Education) to strengthen and advance shared responsibilities, shared values, shared opportunities, and shared leadership among rural inhabitants within his home country of Sierra Leone.
Adrienne Stanfill, M.A.’08, offers her expertise to Malawi Children’s Village, a community-based organization that serves AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children in Malawi, and Orphan Support Africa, a group that funds existing community-based organizations throughout Malawi and Tanzania.
Dr. Haoua Hamza, associate professor of education, established the Global Network for Niger, a clearinghouse to connect Nigerien women with the resources they need, specifically in the areas of education, financial stability, and health.
Dr. Joseph Little, associate professor of English, is a member of the board of the directors of the Vietnam Friendship Village Project, the American fundraising arm of the Vietnam Friendship Village, a residential school and clinic on the outskirts of Hanoi, Vietnam, that serves 120 children and young adults living with moderate to severe disabilities owing to exposure to Agent Orange.
Dr. Michelle Ciminelli, assistant professor of education, has traveled to Les Cayes, Haiti, with a mission team for the past two years to work on various building projects at the The Children of Israel Orphanage, hosting Bible schools in the local community, providing medical and educational support, and playing with and sharing God’s love with the children at the orphanage.
Shannon Hodges, associate professor of clinical mental health counseling, volunteered to provide co-counseling, individual counseling, observation, and consultation, and made numerous presentations on the effects of trauma at Katherine Remote Area Schools in Northern Territory, Australia.