Students of Iowa State have found ways to help those in need outside of the United States, specifically in Uganda. Elly Sukup, a junior at the University back in 2006 when the school made its first trip to Uganda. It was at this moment that for the first time she saw people truly hungry. The school since then has made it a point to go back every year to help those who need it most. Now in the programs 10th year, it looks as though the students of Iowa State University are making a difference. The program launched in 2004 thanks to the help of a $10 million endowment from alumni Gerald and Karen Kolschowsky.
The goal of each trip is simple: Create an alternative to drop-and-ditch philanthropy by forging sustainable programs with local residents. The program to date has helped over 10,000 citizens of Uganda. The program has helped build businesses, food security, keep kids in school and improve farming.
Some aid by the numbers thanks to the students of Iowa State include the following:
There are 5,200 school lunches served per week.
The calories provided in each lunch is now 850 after previously being 50.
There are 18 new well-watered systems now.
149 Ugandans are now enrolled in a youth entrepreneurship program.
For more on the progress of the Iowa State students, check out this article here.