A student-led fundraiser has been created to benefit students at Livingstone International University in Mbale, Uganda.
U2U was launched in August by Livingstone University Partners, located in North Richland Hills. Its goals include expanding the Uganda campus as well as allowing more technological access for their students.
Maci Smith, senior psychology major from Keller, is the student founder of the organization.
“Our end goal is to eventually challenge other universities around the United States to host their own U2U fundraiser to benefit Livingstone International University,” she said. “Eventually, we would like to be an official club on ACU’s campus, and we would like to see universities around the United States participating in raising awareness and funds for LIU.”
The executive director of Livingstone University International Partners, Craig Smith, said he is glad they have this opportunity.
“We are very excited to involve ACU students in the mission and advancement of Livingstone International University,” he said. “By volunteering and giving, stateside students can help bring the same privilege of Christian higher education to students in Africa who would not have that opportunity otherwise.”
U2U has big plans for the future, but Maci Smith said she is ready to hand off the torch to a new director as she prepares to graduate.
“We are taking applications for a new intern for U2U since I am graduating in May,” Maci Smith said. “We are also hoping to have our first fundraiser up and running by the end of next semester.”
She also said U2U is looking for people to join the group to help make it an official club, as well as people who want to help on a come-and-go basis.
Any students interested in applying for the internship position can email Maci Smith at email@example.com.