Two William Jewell College students have been awarded the 2012 Pritchard Humanitarian Service Awards at the liberal arts college in Liberty, Mo.
Pritchard winners Caty Compton (Derby, Kan.) and Emily Gates (Pella, Iowa) will be using their award to travel to LaVictoire, Haiti, to complete mission work through Haiti Missions, Inc. They will spend the majority of their time teaching English to school children and adults. In addition, they will be educating villagers about the importance of sanitation and wellness in preventable diseases such as cholera and malaria.
Compton is a junior studying biochemistry and Spanish at William Jewell. She plans to attend medical school upon graduation. She has previously studied in Mexico and traveled to Honduras with William Jewell’s Village Partners Project. Last spring, she traveled to Eagle Pass, Texas, with fellow Jewell students to help facilitate book fairs for the Books for the Border program. She also spent the previous summer in Fredericksburg, Va., as an intern for LUCHA Ministries. Her project included medical translation for Spanish-speaking clients and coordinating a summer program for at-risk Latino youth. In her free time, she volunteers at the Kansas City Free Health clinic.
Gates is a sophomore nursing major at William Jewell. She plans to become a nurse practitioner and one day hopes to open a healthcare clinic in Haiti. Working as a Certified Nursing Assistant in a nursing home has given her a passion for medicine and helping other people. Her work in Haiti will include providing the opportunity for Vacation Bible School for children in the surrounding community, a series of women’s conferences, food and clothing distribution and health clinics.
The Pritchard Humanitarian Service Award is provided by and named for John and Mary Pritchard, the founders and nurturers of Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City, a provider of affordable housing for low-income families. For more than two decades, the Pritchards sought strong and effective ways to interact with people in need. The award goes annually to William Jewell students who share the Pritchards’ commitment to serving the needy and developing relationships with people different from themselves while learning about their own unique gifts and calling.