Thursday, November 1, 2012

Student At American College Travels To Equatorial Guinea And Works With Tribal Villages

Luisa Lopes, College of Coastal Georgia student and Brazilian native, traveled to Equatorial Guinea this summer and worked with children living in tribal villages.

Lopes spent 21 days in Equatorial Guinea, where her father works as a human resources director for A.R.G., Brazilian civil construction company, while her mother, a former educator, is involved in social work and dedicates most of her time to Equatoguineans in tribal villages. She teaches them how to cook and use corn to make different meals, among other things. Corn is a readily available staple in Equatorial Guinea.

While Lopes mother visited the tribal villages, she was able to play with and teach personal hygiene to the local children, ages 2 to 16. Lopes enjoyed her experience in Equatorial Guinea and helping people at the tribal villages. “Lopes said she would like to return before her father's services are done in Africa – which could be sometime next year. She said the experience made her want to help others more in the future,” said an article from College of Coastal Georgia Athletic News.

Lopes’s parents have been in Equatorial Guinea for almost three years working and engaging with the community. Additionally, according to the College of Coastal Georgia Athletic News,“Lopes’s father's company also teaches the people how to grow their own food and store it properly so that it will be safe to eat. The company also raises rabbits and gives them to each of the villages to cook as meat to eat.”