2020 International Service Trips

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Gianna Filiberti

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Hi friends!!

This spring I will be going to the Arizona/Mexico Kino Border for one week with the University of Scranton Campus Ministries. The Kino Border Initiative is a bi-national organization that works in the area of migration.  It is located in both Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.  The initiative offers direct humanitarian assistance and accompaniment with migrants through its soup kitchen, nursing clinic, and women’s shelter (all located in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico).

Since 2013, faculty and staff from the University of Scranton have taken part in this initiative. Participants in the pilgrimage are presented with the opportunity to interact directly with the migrants during meals and in the women’s shelter.  We walk on the difficult path the migrants walk during their long journey and also visit two of the early Jesuit missions in the Southwest established by Fr. Eusebio Kino, S.J. (and for whom the Kino Border Initiative is named).

I have always looked for ways to give back to my community and I wanted to continue that in college. When looking at colleges, I knew I wanted to find a school that would provide me with the opportunities to “pay it forward,” at a time when so many need help. I know I have been blessed and feel it is my responsibility to help others who are not as fortunate. As this is my first service trip with the school, I am very excited to go and cannot wait to see how I can be of help to others. Since the trip is expensive, any contribution toward the expenses I will incur is greatly appreciated.

Thanking you in advance.

Gianna Filiberti

 

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