Two William Smith students spent part of their summer break in South Africa performing volunteer work.
August 19, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Two William Smith rising seniors performed community service work in communities far beyond their backyards this summer. Emily Stoehr, of Old Lyme, Conn., just returned from Durban, South Africa, where she was working for Habitat for Humanity. Melissa Bowman, of Canandaigua, worked in Tanzania, South Africa, on a school building project through United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Stoehr participated in the Jimmy Carter Work Project for Habitat for Humanity. She traveled with 35 other people who came from Georgia, Connecticut, and South Dakota. They met with members of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa and built two houses in the city of Durban. (Durban is a city in eastern South Africa, in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, on the coast of the Indian Ocean.) During the other part of her stay in South Africa she distributed winter clothing to the homeless of Johannesburg and visited various people within the townships surrounding Johannesburg.
Stoehr is the daughter of Douglas and Susan Stoehr of Old Lyme.
Bowman worked in Tanzania on a school improvement project for the
ministry of education and UNESCO. She traveled with Charles Temple, a professor of education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Bowman worked as the technical support and reporter for the trip. She shot video footage in village classrooms of teachers using teaching methods trainers had taught them, and later showed the videos at a two-day conference with the ministry and UNESCO people in Dar es Salaam. (Dar es Salaam is a city in eastern Tanzania and the acting capital of the country.)
Bowman is the daughter of Suni Bowman of Clifton Springs.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions located in Geneva, N.Y. The Colleges are noted also for an ambitious emphasis on international study, and for their programs in community service. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, but maintain separate dean's offices, athletics programs, student governments, and traditions.