Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

On a Mission to Help the Developing World

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

On a Mission to Help the Developing World

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Before studying abroad in Nampula, Mozambique, last spring, Megan Frohardt never imagined that spending $3 American on a new machete could reap the priceless admiration of an entire village when she swapped the instrument for an old one. For those who have little, she discovered, even the smallest token becomes the greatest gift.

"I want to live in a third world country," Frohardt said in a phone interview, explaining how a month of service-learning reinforced her desire to run a mission-based business. "I want to make a difference."

The University of Arkansas junior accounting major did exactly that in Nampula. She and classmates improved the business plan of Eggs for Africa, a hatchery that provides eggs, jobs, and the gospel message to villagers and that is a component of the missionary-founded chicken business Novos Horizontes (New Horizons). The students also wrote a financial plan for a nearby bible college under construction. And they visited an orphanage.

Rooted in her Christian faith, Frohardt has practiced global humanitarianism since childhood. She collected coins in a paper box in kindergarten to buy a goat for a family in Uganda and set up a lemonade stand in fifth grade to raise funds to send children in Iraq to school. Frohardt follows the lead of her father, an electrical engineer, and mother, a former accountant, who have long given back to other nations.

But developing countries need volunteers, not merely donations. "It's not as much just sending things, because the people there have gotten so used to aid it's made them become very lazy," Frohardt said. …

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