Pitt MSA co-hosted our 5th Annual Fast-A-Thon with Pitt's African Student Organization this year, and the theme was EDUCATION. The event was sold out, with 200 Pitt students, faculty, staff, and community members fasting for Education and making a difference! Hundreds of books were donated toward the Nigeria Kaduna Library Project, and $559 were raised for Nigeria's education!
Sister Suraya Faroqui gave our opening speech, in which she spoke about the history of fasting and its importance in setting the mind to reflect on ourselves and the issues that pertain to our lives, such as education. She noted the cross-cultural value in fasting that has been prevalent in cultures around the world for hundreds of years.
Our keynote speaker this year was Dr. Buba Misawa from Washington & Jefferson College, who started the Kaduna Library Project to bring easier access to education to the students there who work so hard to attain it. He opened the community's eyes to the amount of resources we have that are taken for granted. From books thrown in the dumpster to pens and pencils dropped in hallways, the excessive things we are blessed with in the United States are luxuries for others internationally.