Hundreds of Students To Aid Poor In U.S. and Abroad

Spring break '99 will see Boston College students helping the needy in Nicaraguan villages and Jamaican slums, on American Indian reservations, and in Mississippi at the nation's oldest Catholic school for African-AmericansHundreds of students have volunteered to participate in service trips planned by the student-run Appalachian Volunteers, the University Chaplaincy and the School of Education over the mid-semester break week that begins Feb. 28.

Some 460 Appalachian Volunteers will fan out to 20 locations between Maine and North Carolina to build houses with Habitat for Humanity and assist on similar community-service projects.

Twenty volunteers will travel from SOE to Natchez, Miss., to bring supplies and other aid to the Holy Family Catholic School, which has served African-American children for a century but is in danger of closing for lack of funds.

Several service programs are being sponsored over the break by the University Chaplaincy.

The Ignacio Volunteers Program will take 19 students to Kingston, Jamaica, to assist the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by the late Mother Teresa, in its work among the sick and the poor.

Fourteen will travel to Nicaragua to live and work among the poor in Managua and outlying rural areas.

The Give Me a Break program led by Chaplain Sister Joan Mahoney, CND, will take 23 volunteers to Indian reservations and other locales in the United States and Canada to join in charitable work.

Thirty volunteers in the Boston Urban Immersion Program will stay at a Jesuit residence in Jamaica Plain while working days at St. Francis House, Rosie's Place and other shelters in the city.

-Mark Sullivan

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