ST. GEORGE — Students from high schools all over Washington County rallied in October to collect nearly 1,000 bags of clothing, books, and household items to help end extreme poverty as a part of the “Let’s End Poverty” program of Choice Humanitarian, a nongovernmental agency based in Salt Lake City.
Over the summer, students from high schools like Pine View, Snow Canyon, Tuacahn, and Desert Hills signed up to be advocate leaders for Choice Humanitarian. As advocate leaders, they recruited the help of their community in collecting donations to help end extreme poverty around the world. The donations were picked up at the beginning of November, and they filled an entire 26-foot truck floor to ceiling.
“I had to take on a lot of responsibilities and it was definitely hard, but the reward was far greater,” said Laura Solomon, an advocate leader from Desert Hills High School who collected almost 400 bags with the help of her neighbors and church congregation. “It made me feel really accomplished and helped me come to the understanding that really anyone can make a difference.”
All donations are recycled locally, and the funds generated will go towards providing clean water systems, health care training, schoolhouse construction, or whatever is needed to break the cycle of poverty in the villages that Choice Humanitarian works in.
About Choice Humanitarian – from its website
Choice Humanitarian, or “The Center for Humanitarian Outreach and Inter-Cultural Exchange,” is a strategic nongovernmental agency currently working in five countries, Kenya, Nepal, Bolivia, Guatemala and Mexico. The organization’s overriding goal is to end extreme poverty and improve quality of life through a bottom-up, self-developing village-centered approach.
Working with a small headquarters staff, Choice Humanitarian coordinates the efforts of full-time in-country directors and their staffs in all project countries. Choice Humanitarian was founded in 1982 by Dr. Tim Evans and Dr. James Mayfield and is headquartered in Salt Lake City.
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- For more information, please contact Kaiti Millard at 385-202-4061 or by email
- Choice Humanitarian website
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