Countdown to Cameroon

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Thank you to everyone who came out to support us at our Silent Auction / Gala on October 20th.

The event was a huge success and raised over $7,000 to assist with school supplies and packaging costs. 

Featuring news anchor Nicole Johnson of Channel 5 as the Master of Ceremonies, the night included an open bar, delicious food, and fabulous items for sale.

A special thank you to Sebastian Steadman, Dr. Desplaces, and their steering committee for all their labor and preparation over the past several months.  It was a special night for all of us involved with the project and we are so incredibly grateful for all of the support.

Who We Are

 Who we are:

A group of students from the Collge of Charleston in South Carolina committed to making a difference in global society.

Bonded by this common goal, we are traveling together to Cameroon, Africa over Spring Break 2013 to deliever 3,000 notebooks and 1500 educational care packages to children.  

We are also bringing over 150 soccer balls, developing a microfinance loan program for women, beginning a hygiene initiative, and facilitating a business plan competition among the business and medical universities surrounding Cameroon. 

We have a huge project on our plates.  It will take time, commitment, and sacrifice.  But by working together and with our sponors; Possibilities Without Borders, Enactus, and the College of Charleston, we will make a global impact this Spring. 

Check out this blog to stay updated with our current fundraising initiatives and specific travel plans!

We look forward to comments from friends and family, and appreiciate everyone's support with this service project.

Meet the team: 

Sarah Cielenski (Center)
is a sophmore here at the College of Charleston school of Business.  Sarah is responsible for arranging our travel plans and health care visits before we leave the states.

Ashleigh Fields (left)
Also a sohpmore in the Business School, Ashleigh has taken on coordinating the educational supplies. She has been extremely busy the past few months contacting schools and gathering donations to send to these kids.

Carolyn Upchurch (right) 

The only senior on the trip, Carolyn is studying French and International Studies at the Honors College of Charleston.  A  veteran of Possibilities Without Border's Projects, Carolyn attended the last trip to Cameroon in 2011.  This year, Carolyn is responsible for developing the microfinance loan project for women. 

Ali Nardacci (right)
A graduate student in the College's MBA program, Ali has been putting together the business plan for the competition between universities in Cameroon.  With the most professional business experience of the group, Ali offers valuable insight and advice to the team.

Michelle Smith (left)
A Business and Hospitality & Tourism Double Major, I am a junior in the Honors College of Charleston. I am ecstatic to be a part of this global service trip, and to take my first flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Over the course of this project, I am responsible for maintaining social media & other marketing outlets.   

Stay tuned for updates about the team's progress for the rest of the semester & into Winter Break!