Fighting Global Poverty

USF’s Nourish International chapter helps a medical clinic in Peru as part of its mission to assist underdeveloped communities.



By Laura Kneski

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 26, 2012) – University of South Florida’s Nourish International chapter weaves travel and community service into a life-changing experience.


The organization, whose members went to Peru this summer, helps underdeveloped communities through both volunteer work and providing needed supplies. The mission is simple: make a lasting impact on global poverty.


USF’s Nourish chapter is a fresh face on campus. Founded last year by current grad student and advisor MaKenzie Tewell and now-graduated Adrienne Mael, the group already carries success under its belt. In their first year, USF Nourish was able to raise more than $5,000 to aid a healthcare clinic in Peru.


Some members traveled to the site this summer and built walls and trenches for the clinic’s foundation. They were able to distribute toothpaste and deodorant to the local people, as well as reward themselves with a few days of rock-climbing and sand surfing.


Since they lived in Peru for more than a month, there was plenty of time for work and play. The students used scholarships and fundraising opportunities to help cover the cost of trip.


USF Nourish International president Kristen Duffy said the group enjoyed experiencing another culture, and found the work they did on the medical clinic rewarding. Because health services are scarce, Peru experiences a high rate of infant mortality, maternal mortality and parasitic disease ailments.


“It empowers people, it empowers students and it empowers the community,” she said of the experience and the work of the chapter.


Even if joining the USF Nourish chapter doesn’t fit into someone’s busy schedule, there are still ways to connect with Nourish. They’ll be hosting a festival of music from around the globe, where every hour they will showcase songs from a different part of the world. Local bands will be playing at a nearby restaurant, and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to USF’s Nourish chapter.


Details of the music event are still being finalized.


Another fundraiser for the chapter is a date auction scheduled for February. The chapter is raising money for another trip abroad.


The USF Nourish chapter is always looking for new members. Meetings take place Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. in room 2707 in the Marshall Student Center. Tagging along with others is encouraged.


Duffy is quick to point out, “it’s changing the world with your friends.”