Malone University students spending Christmas break in Guatemala with Habitat for Humanity
December 19, 2013 | Release # 6804
Malone University students are opting to spend at least a portion of their Christmas vacation helping those in need. They'll be traveling to Rabinal, Guatemala to assist in the construction of homes through Habitat for Humanity International.
Students participating are:
- Casey Stevens, a senior communication arts major from Berlin Center, Ohio
- Lanie Steigner, a senior chemistry major from Madison, Ohio
- Lucas Shroades, a senior educational ministries major from North Canton, Ohio
- Janelle Linder, a senior communication arts major from Canton, Ohio
Team leader is Chuck Goldy of Canton, a Malone University alumnus from the class of 1970.
Rabinal is a small town located in the Guatemalan department of Baja Verapaz. It serves as the administrative seat for the surrounding municipality of the same name. The municipality covers 504 km² and, in 2004, had a population of around 36,000. The local people are predominantly Achi Maya Native Americans who speak the Achi Maya language. The actual town of Rabinal was also the site of a large-scale massacre during the Independence Day celebration of 1981. The town of Rabinal boasts a large, colonial-era baroque church. Alongside the church is a small municipal museum, with exhibits on the local culture (particularly native healing techniques) and a section dealing with the massacres of the 1980s. Various pre-Hispanic archaeological sites are also located in the surrounding hills. The town's annual fiesta patronal takes place in late January each year and is famous for its dances, including one that recreates a legendary battle between the Achi and the K'iche Maya, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural monument, known as The Rabinal Achí.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2014,has been awarded the designation Military Friendly School by Victory Media, and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.
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