Project Arise community fundraiser: Act locally, make a difference for girls globally

ASU Professor Patience Akpan-Obong with girls at Cornelia Connelly College, Nigeria

Dr. Patience Akpan-Obong, associate professor of science, technology and society in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at ASU's Polytechnic campus, invites the ASU and greater Phoenix community to the 2016 fundraising banquet for Project Arise, a service project to directly benefit schoolgirls in Uyo, Nigeria. 

The benefit, to be held at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Mesa, Arizona, is part of ongoing efforts to support the academic capabilites and the infrastructure of her alma mater, the boarding school Cornelia Connelly College.  

"There are currently about 4,000 students in the school, "explained Akpan-Obong. "More than 80 percent of the students are day students and walk many miles to and from school in order to attend. Of those who live in the dormitories, students are often three-in-a-bed that is meant for one, or are sleeping on blankets on the floor. We are hoping to raise $12,000 for the purchase of bunkbeds, which should be enough to ensure 25 percent of the girls in the school have a bed and mattress (thus the name Project Arise (from the floor)."

Funds to cover the cost of the banquet itself have been raised by the alumni group Cornelia Connelly College Old Girls Assocation, USA/Canada, a registered non-profit for which Professor Akpan-Obong serves as president. All funds raised at the event go directly to Project Arise and tax receipts are available for all monetary and non-monetary donations to the organization.

Last year the group collaborated with other alumni in Abuja, Nigeria, to donate dining tables and benches to the school. In June, they donated $7,000 worth of computing and media technology to the school.

Duane Roen, ASU vice provost for the Polytechnic campus, will give the keynote address at the event. 

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Dr. Patience Akpan-Obong
Saturday, Nov. 12, 6:30 pm
Holiday Inn Suites, Mesa

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