Malaria kills one in three children under the age of five each year in Africa. SAU’s Chapter of Psi Chi is doing a service project to help protect those children and their families. Psi Chi is selling hand-made bracelets and hand-sewn saddle bags through the Kairos 10 non-profit organization. The organization raises money to purchase mosquito nets for villagers since mosquitoes how malaria is spread. The bracelets are made by Ghanaian women from recycled vinyl records and glass which they purchase from bead merchants according to the Kairos 10 website. Other women make the hand-crafted bags as sustainable income for these village women.
Psi Chi is The International Honor Society in Psychology. Members of the SAU chapter are those students who hold at least a 3.0 gpa and have completed a minimum of 9 hours of psychology classes. Psi Chi, both the international organization and SAU’s chapter, have a rich history of service and strive for academic excellence and service to others. SAU has had a Psi Chi Chapter since March 11, 1991.
In the past Psi Chi has done campus service projects including tending to the flower beds outside of Peace Hall. They have participated in community service projects such as serving at the Stew Pot local food bank and sponsoring workshops to raise awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence, food drives, CCAPS and the angel tree. They have also led the way with national service projects like Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life and CASA. Kairos 10 is their first international service project.
Chapter sponsor, Dr. Deborah Wilson said, “It’s a unique project. We have done service projects everywhere from on campus to working with national organizations and the natural progression was to sponsor an international project.”