Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Jeannie Hatcherson and humanitarian travel

Longtime adjunct Dr. Jeannie Hatcherson teaches in the Social Sciences Department, and she frequently takes students and other groups of volunteers on humanitarian trips around the world.  Here's Jeannie's report from her latest trip: 

"I just returned from Kolkata, India. It was my third consecutive trip taking volunteers to work with projects organized by Rosalie Giffionello of Empower the Children ( I took 11 others, including Dr. Patti Ivry from the Social Work Department at WCSU (the youngest volunteer  was 13, the oldest about 60), and we completed projects at a home for mentally and physically challenged adults; visited vocational programs in a rural village aimed at empowering low caste women; conducted a journalistic photo shoot in a Muslim slum where children were given digital cameras and sent off to photograph their 'story;' completed art projects with preschool slum children and others hospitalized long term at Rehabilitation Center for Children for orthopedic surgeries; and worked side-by-side with underprivileged adolescent girls participating in a pre-vocational program. We did a blog about our trip at I have already booked dates for next year's trip."

What amazing work!  Thanks for sharing your latest trip with us.