Allendale Columbia Students Bring Donations from New York
In March, Kate Bjorklund wrote to PIVOT on behalf of a group of middle and high school students from Allendale Columbia School in Rochester, New York, who were preparing for an upcoming trip to Madagascar. Their itinerary would include a week in Ranomafana to conduct conservation and biodiversity research projects at Centre ValBio, our mission partner and nearby research station. In preparation for their trip, the students came to learn about PIVOT, and were inspired to contribute to the project in some way. They contacted InterVol, a physician-founded Rochester-based nonprofit organization that focuses on redistributing unused medical supplies and equipment to health care facilities in developing countries.
In May, the fifteen students and their four chaperones arrived at the PIVOT office along with a large duffel bag filled with a variety of supplies. During their visit, PIVOT staff gave the students a tour of our facilities, and our Medical Director Dr. Lara Hall gave a presentation on the background and history of PIVOT to thank them and demonstrate the immense need that their donation would address. Thank you to Kate, InterVol and the rest of the Allendale Columbia School visitors whose generosity and enthusiasm contributed a great deal to PIVOT’s programs.