Helping Others: The Neema Project
Jill Rennicke, Alumni Coordinator

True education is about more than just memorizing facts, dates, and statistics. It is also learning about new ways to reach out beyond the classroom and help others. 

CS10 (Spring 2015) alum Elizabeth Fox attends Villanova University in Pennsylvania, studying Civil and Environmental Engineering. For her senior project, she has found a unique way to both experience true education and reach out to help others. Here, in her own words, Elizabeth describes an experience in Kenya with the Neema Project:

"For my senior project, my team members and I were tasked with designing a new school campus for the Neema Project, a nonprofit operating out of Kitale, Kenya that houses vulnerable women and trains them to be seamstresses. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel to Kitale and visit Neema and various Children's Homes in the area to get ideas on sustainable systems already implemented in the area, such as greywater collection, rainwater collection, and solar power, as well as seeing options for sanitation systems including latrines and pour-flush toilets. This wouldn't have been possible if not for the women and children who graciously let us into their homes. We left Kenya with a new perspective and amazing ideas on how to design a sustainable school campus appropriate for this area."

Visiting Kenya for Neema work
Elizabeth Fox and group in Kenya
Flying to Kenya
Neema Sewing Project

Photos contributed by Elizabeth Fox