Five College of the Canyons students will travel to Nicaragua in June as part of a literacy delegation with the Santa Clarita Valley International Program (SCVIP) in order to complete a global collaboration project for needy families living in an impoverished community near Granada.
The delegation, which includes members of COC student-run organizations Alpha Mu Gamma (AMG), Associated Student Government (ASG) and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), will also be collecting donations in order to provide students at Miravalle School with school supplies, which can be costly for most families.
“Through this project, COC students learned about local and global sustainability issues and will have the opportunity to make an impact globally by giving back to a community in need,” said Dr. Claudia Acosta, COC professor and liaison for international education at the college.
Under the direction of COC Biology professor Dr. Miriam Golbert, PTK students raised enough funds to purchase a water tank during Fall 2011.
“Thanks to the hard work of our students, more than 600 people living in Granada will now have access to water,” said Acosta.
During the five-day trip, the group of students will also meet with former Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolaños for a private meeting in his Masaya home, former Vice Minister of Education Tulio Tablada and U.S. Embassy Cultural Affairs Officer John Fer.
Four of the students will be traveling to Nicaragua thanks to travel scholarships provided by ASG.
SCVIP is a local non-profit organization focused on promoting and developing mutually beneficial strategic alliances and international goodwill between the people of Santa Clarita and people of international cities with “Local to Global” projects, programs, and partnerships.