WUSC UVic would like to invite you to join us for our upcoming Angaza Kwa Upendo Fundraising Gala for the Student Refugee Program’s Shine A Light Campaign! The Gala will take place on Friday, January 30, 2015 with the goal of bringing together the local community including NGO personnel, businesses, and members of the public and UVic students and staff to Shine-a-Light on girls’ education. The evening will feature a silent auction, catered buffet dinner and dessert, storytelling, live entertainment, and an open dance floor.
We hope that you will join us for this sure to be fun and cultured experience!
When: January 30, 2015; doors open at 6pm
Where: UVic Grad House, 3800 Finnerty Road
Tickets are $40 General, $25 Student (limited quanitity available)
Ticket purchase deadline is January 20, 2015
Dress Code: Semi-formal
Pay parking is available on campus.
Angaza Kwa Upendo is Swahili for Shine with Love. Chosen for its representation of the WUSC family goals, Angaza Kwa Upendo embodies the idea of empowerment and friendship that WUSC UVic has fostered within our community. For over 30 years, the WUSC Student Refugee Program (SRP) has been providing opportunities for young refugee students to pursue higher education through peer-peer sponsorship in Canada. Among the students sponsored by WUSC, men greatly outnumber women because fewer girls have the opportunity to finish high school. Due to the cost of school and the expectations to help with domestic chores and the care of siblings, girls in the camps often miss school or discontinue their studies altogether. In many classrooms, boys outnumber girls 4:1.
We believe that everyone has the right to education, and through WUSC’s Shine a Light campaign, girls in refugee camps have been provided with solar lamps, scholarships, and after-school programs in a safe learning environment so that they may complete their studies. Since 1978, the University of Victoria WUSC Local Committee has been able to sponsor more than 35 students through our sponsorship program. We are requesting your help in continuing our goal.
Want to support us but can’t attend? Sponsor a student, make an in-kind donation, or donate an item to our silent auction!