Club of the Week: Sowers of Knowledge

CLUB NAME: Sowers of Knowledge (SOK)
When & Where SOK meets: SOK meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in Pilcher Building Room 202
E-mail: sowersofknowledge@gmail.com
Facebook: Sowers of Knowledge (KSU)
Seeds of Knowledge website: seedsofknowledge.org

 

In 2010, KSU student Mia Schwob established Sowers of Knowledge at KSU. SOK aims to help non- profit organization Seeds of Knowledge whose mission is to promote children’s literacy in West Africa. SOK makes handmade picture books that will be delivered to rural area schools in Benin and Ivory Coast.

The club adviser for SOK is Dr. Lucie Viakinnou-Brinson.

“As the club adviser, I am proud of the work accomplished by all its officers and volunteers,” Viakinnou-Brinson said. “I am encouraged that so many students at KSU have embraced the club and are willing to give their time and talent to support literacy in Africa.”

SOK President Marie Ahebee, a sophomore International Affairs major, said that when Dr. Viakinnou-Brinson presented her with the opportunity to become the new president Ahebee immediately said yes.

“I was really excited about SOK because I think it’s such a noble cause,” Ahebee said. “I love working with children, and helping African children is really important for me since I’m from Africa myself and, therefore, I know how much we need education to develop our continent.”

Ahebee’s favorite experience with SOK was going to the village of N’Gattadolikro in the Ivory Coast to deliver to children books that were made at KSU this past winter break.

“It made me realize how much people appreciate what we do for them,” Ahebee said. “The children were so happy; they all wanted to touch a book and could not wait to see what was inside.”

Last year was SOK’s first bookmaking event in which 29 picture books were created. This semester alone, SOK has made 42 picture books and plans to make more on March 18 during the joint effort event with The Journey.

To learn more about SOK visit their Facebook fan page.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Monday, March 18: SOK is joining forces to make more books with The Journey at 8 p.m. at the First United Lutheran Church, 3481 Campus Loop Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30144

• Tuesday, March 19: ISA International Bazaar-University Rooms from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

• Wednesday, April 10: SOK Fundraising Day-come check
out African post cards, African bracelets and pastries. Students can also write friendly notes to be placed inside the books to send to the children. STA 145F Student Center Terrace Upper Level from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

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