The African Descendants Student Association (ADSA), a student-run organization, is looking to expand its activities for the 2016-2017 school year. The organization already is known for its popular Culture Fest, a spring event celebrating the different cultures found on campus, and Afrikka Reads, a community service project that donates books and supplies to schools in Nigeria, but new initiatives include partnering with other clubs, recruiting new members and managing an additional community service project.
This year, ADSA is partnering with an organization called Women of Purpose. The organization works with an orphanage in a rural village of Nigeria that rescues twin children from death and abandonment. ADSA will help raise money and collect baby supplies for the orphanage. A GoFundMe account will be setup and a collection event is planned.
“It is a great project that ADSA is doing, many children will have the opportunity to get a chance to live healthy lives,” Aleah Cooper, a senior sociology major said.
ADSA will be partnering with the Hispanic Club (ALAS) as that group works through some leadership changes. The Hispanic Club and ADSA already have a working partnership managing Culture Fest.
“It is great that ALAS and ADSA are working together to make Reinhardt more diverse and bringing culture awareness,” Omar Cruz, vice President of ALAS, said.
In addition to these new initiatives, ADSA will again work with Afrikka Reads. People from Reinhardt and the local community will be asked to donate books and materials (such as teaching supplies and computers) to be shipped to universities and schools in Nigeria.
“Since this project started four years ago, we have donated books to three universities in Nigeria, two elementary schools, one international school and started the library for an orphanage of children with cerebral palsy, in total, we have donated more than 7,000 books,” Tunji Adesesan, ADSA advisor, said.
ADSA Secretary Emily Haney is hoping for a greater turnout this year.
“For book stamping, I plan on seeing more participation, a huge turnout and the members of the club truly bonding,” Haney said.
Last year, Reinhardt students, faculty and staff donated more than 3,500 books to Edwin Clark University in Kiagbodo Delta State, Nigeria. The President of Kiagbodo visited Reinhardt after the donation to offer his thanks.
The club is seeking new membership and participation because the school population has grown due to the influx of freshmen; that means there are new cultures represented at Reinhardt University. Anyone interested in joining can attend ADSA’s bi-weekly meetings on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in Lawson 104. Contact Adrienne Lawrence (Lawrence124698@students.reinhardt.edu) for more information.
Written By: Deborah Dahn. Photo Provided By: Tunji Adesesan