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By Kelsey Evers
University News
February 16, 2012      
Howard School of Social Work Continues Service Program in South Africa


Volunteers Deon Facey, Dr. Sandra E. Crewe, Angelor Laurent, Deena Smith and Shayna Waites at Pinocchio’s Creche – a day care center for children of domestic workers - in 2011.

WASHINGTON (February 16, 2012) – For the third year, the Howard University School of Social Work, led by Dean Cudore Snell, will continue the International Service Learning Project by sending a group of 24 students to Cape Town, South Africa during the spring recess to where they will work in areas of social development and community building.

“The Cape Town International Service Learning provides an opportunity for students and faculty throughout the school to focus on global elements in social work education,” said Sandra Edmonds Crewe, Ph.D., associate dean of the School of Social Work. “The previous two cohorts of students and faculty have emphasized the value of the experiential course in understanding both the complexities and similarities of social welfare challenges that are deeply rooted in social and political injustices.”   

In the past three years, the project has sent a total of 45 students and 14 faculty members to South Africa. This year’s delegation will visit Cape Town from March 11-March 21. They will not arrive empty handed. The delegation raised funds for community-based organizations in Cape Town to help further social work functions like child development and substance abuse treatment.

The students will visit local social service agencies, children welfare centers, detention centers and refugee centers to learn about the challenges and opportunities social workers and related professionals face in their communities and townships. This year, the service component of the program has been extended to give students more experience with social development and build better relationships with the community.
Students will also visit the University of the Western Cape (UWC) for presentations and shadowing opportunities with counterparts at UWC.

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Volunteers building a garden at Pinocchio’s Creche in 2011. All food served to the children at Pinocchio’s Creche is grown in the center's gardens.

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