Academic Council Raises About $8K for St. Aloysius Gonzaga in Kenya

FEBRUARY 24, 2014 – The Academic Council of the School of Nursing & Health Studies has raised about $8,000 to support St. Aloysius Gonzaga – or St. Al’s – a Jesuit institution located in Nairobi, Kenya that educates students who have been orphaned by the AIDS epidemic.

“We’re supporting St. Al’s because the school’s Jesuit ideals align with our own at Georgetown,” says Antonia Kopp (NHS’14), who co-chairs the council along with Jamie Schlarbaum (NHS’15).  “We believe that education is empowering and something that everyone deserves.”

The council has raised the funds through a formal gala, held Friday night in Copley Formal Lounge, and other fundraising activities.

Continuing Support

Tuition and costs for one student for a year are $1,200, according to Schlarbaum.

The council first supported the school in spring 2011 during Kenya Week, raising about $14,000.  Last year, through the gala and other events, the council raised about $8,500.

“We are shooting to exceed this sum this year and hope to raise at least $10,000, preferably $12,000, to send 10 students to school,” says Schlarbaum.

A Team Effort

The co-chairs highlighted the entire council’s efforts in the fundraiser.  They noted that Katherine Shannon (NHS’15) has led marketing efforts and Margot Keale (NHS’16) helped plan – along with the GU AIDS Coalition – the UnityLIVE benefit concert in January that raised about $2,200 toward this year’s fundraising goal.

The students worked with advisor Nikki Elston, MS, assistant dean of student academic affairs at NHS.

“We are hoping that through profits from the gala and continued fundraising we can reach our goal,” Kopp says.  “Although it is only in its second year, the council plans to continue the Gala for St. Al’s as an annual event.”

How to Donate

Kopp and Schlarbaum say that individuals can still support St. Al’s by visiting the Web site of the Society of Jesus.

Once there, enter your gift amount and write the following in the gift comment box, “St. Al’s/Kenya/Georgetown Gala.”

By Bill Cessato