News Release

TRANSFORMING CULTURE HALF A WORLD AWAY

The College’s emphasis on service opportunities is bearing new fruit in the country of Malawi. President Steven Timmermans, Ty DeWitte ’07 of Hudsonville, Michigan, and Aaron Ozinga ’03 flew to the southeastern African country to cement a relationship with the Christian Entrepreneurs Association of Malawi.
    
“CHREAM helps men and women grow their businesses by offering small loans at reasonable rates and with specific training,” President Timmermans said.
    
The organization Rotaract was the catalyst for the trip. Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored club in which students on campuses across the country participate in local and international service projects.
    
“Helping people is our responsibility as Christians,” said DeWitte, one of the founding members of Trinity’s Rotaract club.    
    
With the Trinity-Malawi link established, the College hopes Rotaract Club students will continue to refine CHREAM’s business plans and other projects.
    
Greenery abounds in Malawi, a country about the size of Pennsylvania. Poverty is a significant problem, which is compounded by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. More than one million children are orphaned by AIDS. Part of Trinity’s mission is to help members of CHREAM learn to help themselves.
    
“We conducted two seminars on accounting and business plans,” DeWitte said. “We toured several CHREAM businesses. We hope these businesses and others like them will succeed and eventually help lift the country out of its poverty.”
    
President Timmermans says he hopes a growing number of students will develop a habit of service that will continue past graduation.
    
“While our hope is that these graduates will continue to serve through their churches and other ministries, it is also important for Christians to become involved in civic organizations that promote service,” he said.
    
The Malawi trip was made possible by funding from the Orland Park, Illinois, Rotary, of which President Timmermans is a member, and a West Michigan family foundation.


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