|Description of Project|
In August of
2011, WCPCA made a $500 grant to School of Leadership –
Afghanistan (SOLA) in memory of Artis Mary Spriggs.
served in the Peace Corps in Afghanistan from 1967-1969 with 20 other
women as a vaccinator for smallpox. One of the other women in that
vaccination group was Beryl Brinkman, one of the founders of WCPCA.
Funding for the donation came from the Beryl Brinkman Memorial Fund.
Their work contributed to the eventual eradication of that
devastating disease. Artis’ career choices and world travels
formed a vision of social justice and her generosity funded charities
to support schools, self-reliance and opportunity for all.
lived in Ukiah/Redwood Valley, CA for most of her adult life, but
moved to Eugene, OR in 2006 where she was an active member of the
West Cascade Returned Peace Corps Association, and volunteered at the
Hult Center and University of Oregon Natural History Museum.
Intrepid traveler, singer of songs, Scrabble player, generous
benefactor, and devoted friend embarked on her last journey July 6,
2010 in Eugene, OR.
SOLA means “peace”
in Pashto, and it is a non-profit NGO established in 2008 to
prepare the very best Afghan students for study in the U.S. and
abroad so that they may return home to become future leaders of
Afghanistan. SOLA places special emphasis on creating the
conditions for ambitious young women to pursue their studies. It
provides a dorm free of charge as well as transportation. Ongoing
supporters focused on creating peace and understanding across
cultures include Orchard Park Schools Educational Outreach in
of Afghanistan (300
returned Afghan Peace Corps volunteers), and the Afghan
Women’s Writing Project
and Masha Hamilton. Classes
are held at SOLA—Kabul in English language and math. Discussion
groups and seminars are part of an ongoing effort to improve verbal
and written communication skills. SOLA’s in-house instructors
include Afghan experts as well as visiting scholars from the U.S. and
Canada. In addition, well-known American writers teach an online
writing course. High school math is being taught in partnership
George’s and St.
in the United States.