My daughter, Emily, has been accepted to study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa for the Spring semester of 2017. During this time, chosen students will be taking credit courses at the University of Cape Town as well as immersing themselves in the local culture. Through these involvements students will:
1) gain an intimate understanding of how apartheid and its aftermath has affected various sectors of the community, both socially and psychologically
2) learn the history of South Africa and the effects of colonialism
3) observe how communities have dealt with the challenges and risen up
4) experience the wonderful artistic, literary and technical achievements of the people of South Africa
5) be able to apply these experiences at home in a country still torn by class struggles and marginalization.
Only a few students are chosen each semester, through the most rigorous of standards. As you can imagine, I am so proud of Emily's hard work and achievements at Penn State. She also worked hard over the summer to save money for the trip, but still has a long way to go. I am helping as much as possible, but fear that she will miss out on an opportunity for purely financial reasons. That's why we are respectfully and humbly reaching out for any assistance that can be given. Any amount, no matter how modest will be most appreciated. Thank you! Nina