July 29, 2013
Rice Women's Basketball team members Alyssa Lang, Nakachi Maduka and Megan Shafer have stayed busy this summer, not only working on their basketball skills and taking classes, but also visiting Haiti on mission trips.
Lang and Shafer visited Gonaives, Haiti, where they visited children and put on basketball clinics for the children.
"Some of these kids literally have nothing but the clothes on their back...but it didn't matter to them, they were so loving to everybody...they just wanted us to interact with them," said Lang.
"We taught them the basics, and they were so excited," said Shafer. "We gave them the balls and they started kicking them around, thinking that they were soccer balls...by the time that we left, they were actually shooting soccer balls."
Maduka traveled on a separate medical mission trip to Grand Goave with six other college students. Her group helped over 150 children, by taking vital signs and giving them basic health care.
"We served a lot of kids, and a lot of parents, mothers who were expecting or had children before," said Maduka. "We did everything a normal doctor would do [in the USA]."
All three of the Owls had wonderful experiences, and want to return on a similar trip.
"It was definitely an eye-opener for me," said Maduka. "My parents are from Nigeria, so that country is very dear to my heart. Being in Haiti reminded me a lot of Nigeria. I've always been interested in medicine. I definitely want to do mission work like this in Nigeria or maybe even set up my own clinic in Nigeria."
"It's something I'm passionate about," said Lang. "Later in life, I could see myself later in life going over for months at a time and doing mission work."
"I'm going to go back and visit," said Shafer. "Once you go you want to continue to go back, because these kids take a huge place in your heart and you're constantly thinking about them."
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