IWU Student Hosts Supply Drive for Nicaragua

October 3, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Pamela Solowski, a senior biology and Hispanic studies major from Lemont, Ill., will host a drive at Illinois Wesleyan University Oct. 24 through Nov. 7 to gather supplies for a trip to Nicaragua.

Boxes for the collection of plain-colored t-shirts of all colors and sizes, Band-Aids and toothpaste will be set up in residence halls and in public areas on campus.  The supplies will be distributed during a week-long trip to Nicaragua, where Solowski and a team of volunteers will set up temporary clinics and assist with feeding programs.  The team expects to see around 1,000 patients on their trip.

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America, yet among the poorest of all of Latin America.  Nearly half of the population lives in rural areas, and have little access to healthcare.

The Wesley Methodist Church is sponsoring Solowski as a Spanish-speaking student interested in health care.

For additional information, contact Solowski at (309) 556-2407.

Contact: Meg Dubuque, (309) 556-3181