Several students at Greencastle-Antrim High School turned a school course project into a successful outreach effort.
Aditi Patel, Paige Penrod and Lindsay Werling, students in Martina Fegan's contemporary literature course, a course on 20th and 21st century genocide, selected the genocide in Darfur as their final exam project for the course. They researched the genocide, which is an attempt to annihilate the non-Arabic population in Darfur, and discovered that 51 percent of the 3.4 million people have been affected in some way. Approximately 400,000 have died, and thousands have become refugees. Each month an average of 15,000 people die from murder, starvation and disease.
"We discovered that 1.3 million children are living in refugee camps with little hope for their future," said Aditi. An organization that is helping to give children hope for a better future is the Darfur Schools Project, sponsored by the Darfur Peace and Development Organization. The Darfur Schools project provides an education to the displaced and neglected children in the region. The students decided to raise money to help support these schools.