High Point University Students Build Stoves for Families in Guatemalan Communities
HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 24, 2019 – High Point University students engaged in service during a recent alternative fall break trip to Guatemala.
PHOTO ABOVE – High Point University student Aleah Hayes (center) spent time interacting with community children during a recent alternative fall break trip to Guatemala. The eight students built stoves and donated clothes during their trip.
HPU students built 181 cooking stoves and constructed the bases for 28 additional stoves inside the homes of local families in four different communities. Their volunteerism within the community helped families avoid smoke inhalation and burns from using open flames in their homes to cook.
“Going to Guatemala during fall break was an amazing experience,” said Kylie Hennessey, an HPU senior. “The kindness the Guatemalan people showed us was overwhelming. This opportunity reminded me what is really important in life, how blessed I am and how new friendships can form anywhere.”
Before traveling to Guatemala, HPU students partnered with Oak Ridge United Methodist Church to collect clothing and other items needed by Guatemalan families. Through their efforts, 150 families received the donated items during the alternative fall break trip.
“I am beyond grateful that High Point University provided me with this amazing experience,” said Madison Ryan, an HPU junior. “I am so thankful for the opportunity to meet new friends and have new experiences.”
HPU students also donated water filtration systems to families in need of clean drinking water and coordinated various activities for local children.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.® HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report for Best Regional Colleges in the South, No. 1 for Most Innovative Regional Colleges in the South and No. 1 for Best Undergraduate Teaching in the South. The Princeton Review named HPU in the 2020 edition of “The Best 385 Colleges” and on the Best Southeastern Colleges “2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list. HPU was recognized as a Great School for Business Majors and a Great School for Communication Majors. HPU was also recognized for Most Beautiful Campus (No. 18), Best College Dorms (No. 5) and Best Campus Food (No. 20). For nine years in a row, HPU has been named a College of Distinction with special recognition for business and education programs and career development, and The National Council on Teacher Quality ranks HPU’s elementary education program as one of the best in the nation. The university offers 60 undergraduate majors, 64 undergraduate minors and 13 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the web at highpoint.edu.