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LIU Brooklyn Chaplain Breaks Ground for Volunteer Center in Tanzania

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LIU Brooklyn Father Charles KeeneyBrooklyn, N.Y. – For the past seven years, LIU Brooklyn Chaplain, Father Charles Keeney, has volunteered his time to a charity that assists impoverished children in Arusha, Tanzania. His humanitarian work has been assisted by fundraising from the LIU Brooklyn Newman student club, with support from the campus community.

In January, Father Charles returned to visit with the Sisters of St. Gemma Galgani to break ground on a 20-bed volunteer center. Known as the "Hotel of the Holy Innocents," the center will help the Sisters of St. Gemma Galgani, who run a home and school for impoverished children, board volunteer students from the United States and Europe. The income provided from the volunteers for their room and board will help the center become self-sufficient.

"I got to know the staff and children very well," Father Charles said. "This experience was even better than the last time I visited." 

The campus has raised more than $50,000 for this cause over the last two years. Last year, with funds raised and donated by LIU Brooklyn, the Sisters purchased a school bus for the children.

"The money was raised by charity dinners and the annual Rock-A-Thon sponsored by the LIU Brooklyn Newman Club and the university itself," he said. "The Provost Office, the Dean's Staff and all of LIU Brooklyn have been very supportive of our endeavors."

The volunteer center is scheduled to begin construction in March. Father Charles plans to take LIU Brooklyn students to Arusha during the summer to be among the first Holy Innocents volunteers when construction of the center is completed.

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Posted 02/25/2013

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