Scholarship trip to S. Africa an eye opener for Seneca Valley senior

This article was published in the Cranberry Eagle on August 21, 2018. To read the article on the Cranberry Eagle website click here.   A Seneca Valley High School senior achieved one of his goals during his recent scholarship-funded leadership trip to South Africa. “It’s always been a dream of mine to study abroad,” Jacob … Read More

Scholarship program lets Penn Hills student explore Japan

This article was originally published in the Tribune-Review on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Click here to read the article on the Tribune-Review website.  It didn’t feel too weird to Penn High School senior Marshall McArthur to bow after greeting people he’d never met while in Japan, but he’s pretty sure the gesture would never catch … Read More

Travel Tales from a WAC Intern

Earlier this summer, I was awarded the opportunity to attend a conference in Prague as one of five delegates on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh. Organized by CivicConcepts International, the International Youth Leadership Conference in Prague (IYLC) was truly a cross-cultural experience, as it provided a forum for 50 students from six continents to … Read More

Project Koraput: Conversation with Debendra Singh

by Jen Saffron March 20, 2012 Debendra Singh is an Indian Christian minister in Jeypore, Orissa State, India. He works as a grassroots leader, empowering the poor in one of the poorest states in India and pastoring three congregations, including a faith community comprised entirely of refugees – the Koraput Survivors – who survived sectarian … Read More

Project Koraput: I am this, I am that. I am not this, I am not that.

by Jen Saffron March 19, 2012 “It is impossible to think of a democracy which recognizes ‘untouchability’ as a part of one’s individual Dharma or as a permissible form of religion or social prejudice.” – wall text from the Freedom Struggles Museum at the Red Fort, Delhi Church in Nandaguda, a village of mud houses … Read More

Project Koraput: Going South

by Jen Saffron Arriving in Delhi’s airport last night, we encountered a string of uniformed porters, drivers, and relatives, hanging over a rail like parade spectators, some holding paper signs with an expected guest’s name.  Our driver, Sanjay, held a sign that read, “Mr. Lynn Johnson” and after his look of surprise when Lynn introduced … Read More

Project Koraput, India: The Call

by Jen Saffron  In 2011, photographer Lynn Johnson embarked on a trip to India, documenting for National Geographic’s March 2012 cover story.  Her journey enabled her to follow the Christian Apostles, including St. Thomas in India, where she documented refugees – survivors of religious violence now settled in the community of Koraput in India’s Orissa State. … Read More