Fundraiser to cover costs of shipping student’s devices to African Farmers


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hoggard High School BETA club students have been volunteering every Wednesday after school to build irrigation devices for farmers in Africa. Friday, December 8th, you can help them ship the machines overseas.

The students have worked side by side with the Full Belly Project, a Wilmington non-profit that designs and distributes income-generating devices that improve life around the world.

“We have learned so much through this experience and have had so much fun, too!” said Gabrielle Loue, President of the BETA club. Organizers say so far, the students have built three Rocker Water Pumps (RWPs) and they hope to build seven more to send to Full Belly’s farmer cooperative partners in the African country of Zambia. The RWP is an irrigation device designed by the Full Belly Project and made completely with recycled materials that enables small farmers around the world to get more food and money from their land than ever before.

Swahili Coast, a local business in the Cotton Exchange that also works to improve lives in 3rd world countries, is hosting a fundraiser to cover the cost of shipping the student’s devices, so that life-changing machines can get to the farmers while fulfilling the goal of the students.

EVENT DETAILS: Swahili Coast’s SIP + SHOP event on Friday, December 8th from 6-9 p.m.
Parking is free in the lot behind the Cotton Exchange and 20% of all proceeds that night will be donated to shipping these students’ machines to Africa.
For those who are unable to attend on the 8th, a voucher will be available on the Full Belly Project’s website that will make it so 20% of any purchase made at Swahili Coast until December 15th will go to the BETA Club Project as well. Full Belly will also be accepting donations that night and continuously until the needed funds are raised.
To learn more and donate directly online, please visit: www.thefullbellyproject.org/beta-club
They say any donation amount helps!

Hoggard BETA club volunteers at the Full Belly Project.

Hoggard BETA club volunteers at Full Belly Project.

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