Giving the Gift of Learning

December 24, 2012 Updated Dec 24, 2012 at 9:47 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos

December 24, 2012 Updated Dec 24, 2012 at 9:47 AM EDT

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY (WKBW) - A schoolhouse in Ghana transformed from a small shack to a beautiful new building thanks to the Senase Project.

"The Sinuses project was started to eradicate poverty in Africa," Marketing Director Sophie Herrman said.

The project started with a small group of local collage students who traveled to Africa to see how the people there lived. They ended up learning a lot more.

"They went in and saw the kids only have a stick and tin school," Herrmann said.

Now, there are more than 130 people involved with one common goal.

"It's really to build a school for kids who deserve one," Herrman said.

Regional Even Coordinator for the non-profit Lia DiNunzio explains.

"We brought in bricks and cement and they have a full building now," Lia DiNunzio said.

The group has been working to raise money through donations and many fundraising events. They've almost reached the amount they need to get the building completed.

"We need to raise about three thousand more dollars for the school. Right now, we are working with a lot of local businesses," DiNunzio said.

The group is not stopping at the school, they are also asking for donations to build a medical complex to help restore health in this small village.

"The medical building is a project out in the future so right now we are just working with community leaders to discuss what they think they need and build from that," DiNunzio said.

Members of the Senase team will once again be traveling to Africa on December 27th to check out the progress. They hope to have the school completed in the next few months.

"I'm so grateful to everyone that has worked with us. All of our volunteers are absolutely phenomenal and I'm so glad we can work as a team to do this," DiNunzio said.

Herrman said it will changes the children's' lives.

"Giving the opportunity to read and to learn what is going on in the world around them is invaluable," Herrman said.

The Senase Projects next fundraiser will be January 18th at Iris in the Maple Theatre Plaza in Williamsville. They will be also hosting a black tie event on May 31st at the Lafayette Hotel in downtown Buffalo. If you would like to donate or get involved with the program click the link.

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