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Cedarville University has announced that a fundraising effort from students raised $39,000 to build a home for orphans in Zambia.   

Students at the school donated the money to WorldHelp, an organization that trains, helps and serves underprivileged people in unreached areas of the world.

Cedarville’s Student Government Association became interested in raising money for the organization following a visit from the Children of the World choir, which visited the university in November 2007.

Representatives from WorldHelp presented information to the students about the organization’s work in Africa, and from there, the students decided to take on the project of raising $25,000 for the program.

The money will build a home in Zambia where 12 orphans affected by the AIDS pandemic can live in a stable environment.

“The long-term purpose is to both change the lives of orphans in Zambia and evoke permanent change in students,” Project Leader Brittany Donald said in a release. “Who knows how these changed lives will impact the community, the country and even the world?”

To reach the goal, students sponsored several activities including a 5K run, movie night, educational films and an AIDS forum, said John Davis, a spokesman for the university.

The student organization’s efforts beat the initial goal of $25,000. The organization is expected to raise more money before the end of the year, Davis said.

Cedarville University is the sixth largest university in the Dayton area with 3,006 students enrolled in fall 2007, according to Dayton Business Journal research.


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