BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Students in a global health course have raised more than $1,000
to support the building of fish ponds for communities in need.
In “Perspectives in Global Health,” a course taught by Associate Professor of Health
and Environmental Studies Laurine Brown, students debate various health issues in regions across the world
and propose possible solutions. Near the end of the semester, students select an organization
to support and build an educational and fundraising campaign around it, according
The class chose to partner with World Vision, an organization that works with impoverished communities in nearly 100 different
countries. According to World Vision, one in nine people is chronically hungry worldwide.
Hunger and poor nutrition often lead to premature death and impaired growth and development.
Through the funds raised by IWU students, World Vision will purchase the digging and
stocking of three fish ponds for communities in need. Fish, as a source of food that
grows rapidly and is high in protein, can greatly improve life in malnourished communities.
It can also be sold for income.
Nicole Bukowski ’19, a member of the class, said that the fish pond program offers
an innovative way of tackling hunger. “This program not only helps hunger but it’s
stimulates the economy,” said Bukowski. “This campaign is different from anything
we’ve done in past years.”
The students called their campaign “Casting Away Hunger:Helping Families One Pond at a Time.” They utilized social media, raffles, donation tables, and a special event they
called “The Hungry Games” to raise funds.
Through campaigning, class member Victoria Drake ’18 realized students are able to
make a big difference. “We can do a lot of good with a small amount of money,” said
Drake. “It just takes a little bit of effort. I think the biggest takeaway I’ve had
from the class, is just being aware of a problem and then really putting in the effort
to make a difference rather than just watching it happen. It’s pretty rewarding.”