EVENT DATE: May 18, 2014
The mission of Global Outreach is to foster solidarity between our Fordham community and different communities around the world (for us, in South Africa). We are going to be (and have already begun!) learning about different issues that have affected Johannesburg such as extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS, the after effects of the institutionalized racism of Apartheid, corrupt government and this list goes on... We are going to Johannesburg to get a first hand look at how all of these issues interact with each other and how they impact the daily lives of the South African people we will meet. By participating in homestays in the townships surrounding Johannesburg, volunteering at youth centers that serve children in extreme poverty, visiting AIDS clinics and care centers, speaking with representatives of NGOs working to combat some of these issues, engaging in service by repairing rundown shacks, and learning more about the country's culture and history by visiting places such as Nelson Mandela's house, the Apartheid Museum, and the streets of Soweto, we will gain a greater understanding of this community. Through seeing their struggles and triumphs while sharing our own, we will all learn a great deal about another culture, our teammates, and ultimately ourselves.