Get up and DANCE! We've reached our initial goal!
October 14, 2016
Get Down For New Ground!
We are a group of 51 students from Virginia Tech participating in a semester long study abroad program about creating sustainable social change. Our first weeks are spent taking classes in Lugano, Switzerland in preparation for our travels to Africa. In November, we will travel to Rwanda or Ethiopia to participate in service learning projects and teach English, basic computer skills, and critical thinking and decision making skills to primary and secondary school children.
This year, we are partnering with EarthEnable to provide new floors for families in Eastern Rwanda. Currently, 80% of Rwandans live in homes with dirt floors. These dirt floors are breeding grounds for insects, parasites and are a leading cause of diarrhea and other health issues for children. EarthEnable has created a new flooring product made of locally sourced materials that is 75% cheaper than the concrete alternative. It costs only $100 to replace the floors in a 30 sq meter single family home! These floors last 10 – 20 years and can be washed to maintain a clean living environment.
This year, we’ve identified 62 homes in Rilima, a small village in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. These families are among the poorest in the region and are unable to afford new floors on their own. Our team of Virginia Tech students will work alongside the locally trained EarthEnable masons to replace these dirt floors with a new earthen floor.
On October 19, we will be participating in a Dance-A-Thon to raise funds for EarthEnable. For every $5 donated we will dance for 15 minutes. Donate to make your favorite study abroad students get down for new ground!
We’ve set a funding goal of $6,200 which will replace the floors for all 62 homes!
A $100 donation = new floors for one family’s entire home
A $50 donation = new floors in the sleeping quarters for an entire family
A $25 donation = new floors for 1 bedroom
Any contribution is appreciated! Thank you for your interest and support!
To learn more about EarthEnable please visit their website, www.earthenable.org.