Phil Ebner has written for our blog before on his time spent volunteering with a team from Loyola Marymount University, in Madhya Pradesh, India with the Revitalizing and Empowering Villages (R.E.V) team. The following article was just published at Loyola’s online paper about his team’s work:
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by Caitlin McQuilling and Phil Ebiner
Back in January, Phil Ebiner and Vince Patin, juniors at Loyola Marymount College, contacted RMF CEO Dr. Martina Fuchs to explore collaborating with RMF on a volunteer project for the summer. Phil, Vince, and new team members Diego Gonzalez, and Sahar Mansoor, faced challenges to their work for RMF India even before they got on the plane. Phil and Vince had been working very hard on securing a grant for their work and while all indicators pointed to them having a very good chance of receiving the grant in the end, they did not receive the expected cash. Disappointed, the team did not give up. Instead they reached out to family, friends, classmates, and the community to raise money for their project for RMF, which they named Project Revitalizing and Empowering Villages, Project R.E.V. They ended up getting all of their travel sponsored through donated airline miles and raising over $3000 for the project.
The team joined us in Jhabua, MP for the month of July to support the BHIL Academy for tribal students.
Here’s Phil’s account of their trip: