African adventure slide show is Land Trust fundraiser

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Vicki Houle will present photos from her African adventures at a slideshow fundraiser on March 14.

A woman who spent a year traveling through Africa will present a slideshow of her photographs as a fundraiser for Siskiyou Land Trust on Thursday, March 14 at the Sisson Museum in Mount Shasta. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will start at 7 p.m.

When President Kennedy announced the formation of the Peace Corps in March 1961, Vicki Houle dreamed of one day becoming a volunteer. Fifty-six years later, that dream came true when she was invited to participate in a special project with the Peace Corps Response. Five teams of doctors and nurses were selected to go to five African countries with dire shortages of health care professionals to work with African training institutions and faculty. Houle was assigned to help develop a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree at Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU) in Swaziland. According to Vicki, participating in this project was the “capstone” of her more than 40-year career as a nurse practitioner.

Vicki has a medical professional history working in family medicine, pediatrics, and women’s health. “But even 40 years of health care experience did not prepare me for the devastation that HIV and Tuberculosis can wreak on a community,” said Houle. “Working with the dedicated faculty and students at SANU restored my faith in humankind.”

Houle’s presentation will highlight her work at SANU and some poignant stories of Swazi people. She will also share her adventures in the animal sanctuaries of Swaziland, a safari in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, and visiting gorillas in the Ugandan rainforest. Vicki stated, “And I will teach the audience some words in SiSwati, the language of Swazilan. Yes, it is a ‘click’ language, and you already know these sounds!”

The Land Trust slideshow series is held on the second Thursday monthly from November through April. A donation of $8-$10 is requested. All are welcome.

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