PHILADELPHIA – Two members of the University of Pennsylvania Athletic Department will be traveling to Central Africa on Tuesday, May 17 to participate in the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s (SEAS) Rwanda Gashora Program. Erica Higa of the women’s soccer team, along with the Kenneth L. Gross Head Coach of Volleyball, Kerry Major Carr, will join about 10-15 Penn students and faculty making the trip to the Gashora Girls Academy in Rwanda to explore the use of solar energy and information communication technology (ICT) in their community.
Higa is currently enrolled in the SEAS Rwanda Gashora Program, while Carr will be helping set up volleyball activities for the students at the Academy.
“This is a trip of a lifetime,” said Carr. “To be able to join Penn Engineering in helping the young women of Gashora is a humbling opportunity. Volleyball has had a deep impact on me and my family, and I hope I can share my passion and reverence for the game to all the students at the academy. I appreciate Dr. Eke for getting me involved in this initiative, and I hope to help the SEAS students in any way that I can.”
The Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST) is an all-girls boarding school in Gashora, Rwanda. The school is operated by a US-based non-profit, the Rwanda Girls Initiative, and is set up to educate the girls of Rwanda in hopes of reaching their highest potential. Approximately half of the school's graduates go on to attend universities outside of Rwanda, including Penn. Penn Engineering began a relationship with GGAST in 2014.
Coach Carr will be documenting her experience on a daily blog that will be posted to PennAthletics.com.