February 26, 2008

Free lecture Thursday, March 6.

"Lost in Poverty, The Plight of Children in Africa"

Western Nevada College will present a free lecture about children of Africa as part of its annual "Faces, Voices and Stories" cultural series.

"Lost in Poverty, The Plight of Children in Africa" will be presented by Laura Whitelaw on Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m., in Marlette Hall, on the Carson City campus.

Participants will learn how 30 years of war in Angola have taken a tremendous toll on the children of that country. Whitelaw spent three weeks in Africa on a missionary trip, and will speak about how war, disease, pollution, land mines and other tragedies are affecting the lives of African children.

"I visited an orphanage where children slept in a cramped room on the hard floor and their toilet was a hole in the ground," she said. "Those were the lucky ones. Each month the director turns away hundreds of orphans because there's no more room.

Whitelaw, a financial aid advisor at WNC, will present photos and a talk on "what these kids are going through. I want to make people more aware of how some young children are forced to live and how perhaps some of us can lend a helping hand. I came home with a much better understanding of how good we have it here."

As part of a mission with the Methodist Church, Whitelaw taught English as a second language to university students in Luanda, but during her trip she also had time to visit orphanages.

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