Udeme Ekanem, a graduate worldwide pupil from Nigeraia, together with the Pupil Authorities Affiliation, has opened up a furnishings pantry for worldwide college students attending SFA.
Ekanem wished to offer worldwide college students a spot to assist them discover furnishings they may not have been capable of afford at different locations whereas dwelling right here and attending SFA.
The pantry is positioned on the Church of Christ and is open on Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to five p.m. College students are welcome to donate objects starting from pillowcases to couches.
Ekanem hopes to have a module up on mySFA that may present extra info and provides college students an opportunity to arrange instances to return in with donations. She additionally hopes a type can be accessible for college kids who want transportation to the pantry.
The primary aim of the pantry is to assist worldwide college students who really feel misplaced and should not certain the right way to get issues akin to the furnishings they want.
“It’s a must to attempt to get to know your new atmosphere, attempt to get to know what is going on on,” Ekanem stated. “Once you simply are available [as an international student], particularly you are coming to high school, you are paying all of this cash.”
She shared that as worldwide college students, tuition and different bills could be larger than in-state college students, and it might pile up quick, so issues like furnishings won’t be as accessible for them.
“I imagine that, you already know, simply having this free furnishings the place they will get no matter furnishings that they want, will go a good distance to assist them sort of really feel comfortable a few of the stresses and struggles that they undergo,” Ekanem stated.
Discovering the house to carry all the furnishings and donations was not a simple feat, and issues had been beginning to look scary to Ekanem. Fortunately, a member of the Yellow Home Christian Pupil Heart was capable of assist her out. Scotty Spake, director and campus minister for the Yellow Home, had gotten a name from Ekanem asking what she ought to do about the issue at hand.
“When she contacted me, I assumed her concept was nice to assist the scholars with furnishings,” Spake stated. “I referred to as one in every of our elders on the church… he had a storage constructing that they had been not utilizing.”
Quickly after, the furnishings pantry had a spot to name dwelling. Spake additionally ssupport the Yellow Home had began a mission referred to as “Buddy Converse,” the place they’d attain out to worldwide college students and provides them a session with a church member and follow their conversational English.
“We have at all times tried to place ourselves in that place if we went to a different nation or someplace the place we did not know anybody and actually did not have contacts to assist,” Spake stated. “So, it is a great way that we will share and assist, and hopefully let [international students] know that there are individuals which are prepared to assist them out and glad they’re right here and enthusiastic about them furthering their schooling. And simply need them to have expertise whereas they’re right here.”
All college students can come to the pantry, however the principle focus for the pantry is for worldwide college students.
“The intention is basically to not flip away college students who is perhaps in want,” Ekanem stated. “As a result of we understand that sure, there is perhaps some deprived college students who won’t be worldwide, however they want these assets.”
If college students who don’t require assist need to give again in any approach, they’re at all times welcome to volunteer on the pantry.
“They’ll earn service hours on the pantry by selecting up and loading furnishings,” stated Carmen Cervantes, a sophomore accounting main and SGA public relations committee chair from Plano, Texas. “It may be anybody, they usually can contact SGA by Instagram or Twitter.”
Each Ekanem and Cervantes hope, now that the laws was handed on the pantry, to have it up and operating by the tip of the semester, together with preserving it open for years to return.
“I simply hope that all the college students discover out about it,” Cervantes stated. “And if they’ve furnishings that they’re able to donate to our pantry.”