Future Without Poverty group to host students from Guadalajara

Future Without Poverty group to host students from Guadalajara

Future Without Poverty group to host students from Guadalajara
September 22
21:52 2015

Chelsea Watkins | Staff Writer

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UNT students with Future Without Poverty will host lower-income students from Guadalajara, Mexico, next month to encourage them to purse higher education during an almost two-week experience called Camp Campus.

The students from a middle school in Guadalajara will visit Denton from Oct. 19 to 24. Throughout their stay, the students will participate in activities during a tour of the university and play a soccer game with students from Bettye Myers Middle School. Through alumni connections, FWOP was able to reach out to the coordinate the camp.

“We’re essentially serving as a connecter between Mexico’s students and Denton ISD GOAL kids to enrich the lives of kids in need,” FWOP president Zahria Kamel said.

Getting the students excited about education and academia is important to the group. They will take the kids on a field trip to Discovery Park, the Recycling Complex and the Zero Energy Lab to learn more about sustainability initiatives.

The organization is active throughout the year, and has a foundation focused on a person’s environment, enterprise, empowerment and education.

“We want to focus on things that pertain to those four columns,” Kamel said. “If you’re in poverty or you’re hungry you don’t have enough energy to focus on your education, if the environment doesn’t allow you to go to school, you can’t do that.”

The UNT chapter is involved in local projects as well as international projects. Locally, they have volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, created urban gardens and hosted after-school tutoring for kids at the Renaissance Court Apartments.

Their international project this semester, Camp Campus, is to raise enough money to send solar power lamps to places in the Ivory Coast, where electricity is scarce.

UNT FWOP vice president Whitney Carr hopes the introduction of solar power lamps will be successful enough for a business to start selling the lamps to stimulate the local economies in Ivory Coast.

“They have a very bad problem with everyone using kerosene lamps over there,” Carr said. “It’s really hard to keep healthy and not have accidents because it’s really dangerous.”

Throughout the semester, the group will host events to raise awareness about poverty.

Meetings are at 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday in Wooten 216. There are no special requirements or dues to join.

Featured Image: Courtesy | Future Without Poverty

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