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03/06/14 11:08 am Age: 1 year

ASWWU Fundraiser Plans a Sustainable Home for Orphans


By: Jaci Shankel

Project Team Plans to Raise $100,000

Every year, the Associated Students of Walla Walla University (ASWWU) choose a project that allows them to help others in the world. For the school year of 2013-14, ASWWU has committed to building a new orphanage for abandoned children in Checacupe, Peru. To make this idea a reality, they are raising $100,000 for the new orphanage and supporting costs, like volunteers, and future operating expenses.  

This Peru project, which is called “To Build a Home,” was inspired by the success of Mission Mozambique, the project chosen for the school year of 2012-13, which raised more than $80,000 instead of the anticipated $60,000. Just as Mission Mozambique provided sustainable water sources for the Zambezi province of Mozambique, “To Build a Home” plans to provide not only a physical location for an orphanage, but also a sustainable support system. 

Students in a WWU project management class are creating a five-year business and sustainability document to direct orphanage finances for the first years of operation. Also, WWU plans to establish a student missionary position at the new home in Peru, in order to stay in close contact with the new “adopted village.” 

In order to provide the funds for this project, WWU has planned several events, which all are welcome to attend. These events include:

  • March 9: Curry Lunch
  • April 4: Bonfire & BBQ
  • April 9: ASWWU Confab
  • April 21: Switchfoot Concert
  • May 11: Color Run
  • May 11-18: Fundraising Week
  • May 18: International Food Fair

More information on each event will be posted to the project’s Facebook page:  

As part of the fundraiser, Walla Walla Orthodontics is donating one dollar for every like on the Facebook page. 


For more information on “To Build a Home” and how to get involved, visit    

To directly contact the ASWWU fundraising team, send an email to   

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