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    Oklahoma Christian University Social Club Helps Better Education for Honduran Child

     
    Oklahoma Christian University social club Gamma Rho adopted a little girl named Eliana, through a program called Shine! Honduras. Through the program, the ladies of Gamma Rho are responsible for funding Eliana’s education, tutoring and transportation to and from her lessons. This is the second year that they have done this and they plan to continue their actions.
    Eliana is an 8-year-old Honduran child that has impacted the life of Gamma girls from her home in Honduras. Because of the funds provided by the social club, Eliana is able to get a better education than she would have otherwise.
    “She’s adorable, super crazy, a diva and so fun,” said senior Gamma Rho member Elizabeth Elliot.
    The way that the money for Eliana is gathered is through different fundraisers that happen throughout the year for Gamma Rho. They have had bake sales and even auctioned off dates with the some of the ladies in their club. There are often opportunities for students at the university to go to certain restaurants and donate a portion of their bill to the cause. The Oklahoma Christian Homeward Competition is also a chance for alumni to donate to Eliana.
    “I wish we could bring her here,” said another senior and Gamma Rho member, Connor Weaver.
    The club not only sends Eliana money for her schooling, they send her gifts as well; the ladies also Skype her into some of their club meetings, giving her honorary Gamma Rho membership.
    “We’ll Skype her into our meetings and she’ll be wearing a Gamma Rho t-shirt that we sent her and she will give us encouraging words,” said Elliot.
    The club has had members visit Honduras for service opportunities and chances to spend time with Eliana. The girls who have gone to visit actually have gotten to see the good they are doing from across the world and how their contributions have been beneficial.
    “Getting to do this is a way to impact a child’s life even though we are so far away,” said Weaver.
    Not all of the Gamma Rho ladies have had a chance to meet her in person, but they already feel like they have by how much they know about her. Natalie Howard is one of them.
    “We’re excited for people to know about her, that’s why we do so much for her; we want the newer Gamma girls to know who she is and continue to love her,” said Howard.
    Shine! Honduras is a scholarship program for the underprivileged children in Tegucigalpa, Honduras so that they may attend a bilingual school close to home. Founded in 2009, it provides after-school programs to help the children with any schoolwork that they have and their English-speaking skills. Through the Shine! Honduras scholarship, the children involved also do service projects and are taught how to be loyal, responsible and compassionate toward everyone they come across in the world. The company’s overview states “We invest in our students today so that they may lead a better Honduras tomorrow.”

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