UVU International Service Club to Assist Guatemalan Humanitarian Project
May 12, 2011
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Jim Rayburn (801) 863-8504
Eleven Utah Valley University students and two University advisers will travel to Guatemala for two weeks in June to support a humanitarian project that will provide low-cost prosthetics to an area devastated by an earthquake in 2009.
The members of UVU’s International Service Abroad Club, Julie Bagley, program director of UVU’s National Student Exchange, and Silvia Lobendahn, an adviser to the ISA Club, leave for Guatemala on June 1 to work in a new village near Panajachel Lake Atitlan that is still rebuilding from the 2009 earthquake. The group will help build a laundry wash area and community bath in support of the humanitarian efforts of 2Ft Prosthetics, an international non-profit organization that has developed unique limbs made from polyvinyl chloride, more commonly known as pvc. The prosthetics can be attached for around 15 percent of the cost of an average prosthetic.
“The goal is to start self-sustaining clinics that can provide prosthetics for those who are not able to afford them,” Bagley said. “This humanitarian project is changing the lives of both the volunteers and the recipients.”
The focus of 2Ft Prosthetics is to establish, step by step, similar clinics worldwide in underdeveloped countries. The UVU club plans to participate in another 2Ft Prosthetics project in the future, possibly in New Zealand. One of UVU’s students will produce a documentary on the trip for his senior project.
“These students plan and organize humanitarian projects worldwide,” Lobendahn said. “They have visited other countries where they have left a lasting impact. The aim is to restore hope and much needed relief.”
For more information contact Mike Rigert, UVU communications manager, at 801-863-6807. To donate to the humanitarian project contact Silvia Lobendahn at 801-863-7296 or Julie Bagley at 801-863-6750.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to nearly 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.