UNCP´s new organization, Keep a Child Alive is the first in the state
By Shelby Hughes
Keep a Child Alive has met all requirements of approval, as of last week, and
is now officially an on-campus organization.
Keep a Child Alive is an AIDS awareness organization devoted to providing
life-saving anti-retroviral treatment to children and their families with
HIV/AIDS in Africa and developing countries by directly engaging people of all
communities in the fight against AIDS.
The Keep a Child Alive @ UNCP chapter was founded by a few upperclassmen, who
were drawn to the cause and the organization, worked to make the organization
an established chapter.
¨I'm happy to be an adviser for Keep a Child Alive because it couples public
awareness with real action.
In Africa and the developing world, AIDS is
ravaging families and weakening communities, and it's the children who suffer.
Because of globalization, we know about the problem, and we see that we have a
responsibility¨ said Dr. Scott Hicks.
The organization is hoping for campus
support and participation.
“It’s a sleeping giant. No one knows how big its going to be” said Parris
Dottery, a member of the Nu Omicron chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi.
¨I am a first generation Congolese-American so the AIDS crisis in Africa
truly hits home.
As student body vice president myself and President Marvin
Jacobs see a vision that many institutions have not emphasized, a vision of a
UNCP has over 20 different races represented and an idea
of a consolidation of cultures brings a different dynamic to the entire UNC
system and the south as a region.
Once a chapter was adopted here, UNCP became
the first university in our region to endorse Keep A Child Alive and we look
to set precedence in allowing us all to see the one important race, the HUMAN
RACE¨ said Vice President Mo Mutima, of the Student Government Association.
The KCA @ UNCP chapter plans to raise awareness of the ever-growing AIDS
epidemic in Africa through various events, activities and fundraising
throughout the year.
Keep a Child Alive is a huge milestone because it is the first organizations
of its kind at UNCP and it will bring recognition to UNCP and hopefully other
schools will follow.
“It’s one of the best things to happen to UNCP, not to mention the state of
North Carolina. This is the first chapter in the state” said Deanna Rooths,
the secretary of the UNCP chapter.
The Keep a Child Alive @ UNCP chapter will hold its next meeting on Tuesday,
October 24th at 7p.m. in the University Center.