My goal is to raise $1,000 for my alternative winter break trip to Ghana . Every donation counts and is greatly appreciated!

During my sophomore year, I chose to participate in an alternative spring break to Israel through the ICC and JNF. We spent a week cleaning up neighborhoods, painting subsidized housing, speaking with terrorism victims, and building infrastructures out of recycled goods. Not only did I meet extraordinary people and have the opportunity to travel to Israel, I also saw another side of the country- a side of poverty and pain. Although only in Israel for a week, I truly felt and saw the difference we were making.

I had such a great experience on an alternative spring break in March 2009 and therefore was so excited when I was given the opportunity to participate in another alternative break to Ghana. As a public health major, I have a passion for global health disparities, underprivileged populations, and developing countries. It has always been a dream of mine to be able to volunteer overseas in Africa, and now I finally have the opportunity to do so!

The University of Maryland Hillel has partnered with American Jewish World Services (AJWS) and an organization named Challenging Heights, which provides an education to children who have been victims to child trafficking and enslavement.

In total, the trip costs $2,500 per participant. Therefore, in order to decrease the cost of the overall trip, each participant is aiming to raise $1,000. Every donation counts and I truly appreciate your help so that I can follow my dream and dedicate my time and efforts to helping others who are less fortunate.

Thank you in advance and I will keep you informed and posted throughout my fundraising and travel journeys!

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