Honors college students and faculty from West Chester University are in South Africa for part of May, their second trip in three years to work at a number of philanthropic organizations in the country.

The group of 40 - 31 students and 9 faculty members - departed on May 12. During their stay they are scheduled to visit Cape Town and Johannesburg. They will spend time in Sparrow Village, which provides home and care for terminally ill HIV/AIDS patients just outside of Johannesburg, as well as helping out at H.E.L.P. Ministries soup kitchen.

Brendon Johnson, a WCU honor college student, established an annual fundraising event "Aid to South Africa", which has raised $16,000 for Sparrow Village and H.E.L.P. Ministries over the past three years.

The West Chester students collected school supplies before they left, which they will distribute at a rural community school for students in grades K to 6. WCU honors college students first visited South Africa in 2001, and returned in 2004 and 2006. They are scheduled to return to Pa. on May 27.

   Will Hobson