Duncan's Mission To Africa

By: Erin Pulsanti Email
By: Erin Pulsanti Email

When you hear a '20-something' talk about going south it's usually for spring break. For Tiana Duncan, it's to better the lives of Zambia citizens. Duncan is preparing for a two year mission trip to Zambia, Africa.

"I am going to be working with an organization that does a lot of community development," explains Duncan. "The organization I am going with provides small loans. That's $20 - $200 and through the small loan it enables the citizens to have a business."

Duncan says owning and operating a business will enable Zambians to live with dignity. The World Gospel Mission will also make sure residents learn to farm and receive an education. Duncan says, after growing up in Africa with two parents who worked as missions, it's a cause close to her heart. It's also an expensive cause.

"To go its $30,000 and part of that is monthly and the other is donations." Duncan says. "I'm going for two years. So, that will be $15,000 for each year. So, I'm hoping I can go and stay and not have to come back for more support."

A weekend fundraiser, hosted by Panera Bread in Vienna (where she's worked for the past 3 years), gave Duncan 20% of sale proceeds. The money is helping make Duncan's hopes a reality.

"I'm very humbled," she says. "I honestly can't thank Panera enough."

To help Tiana Duncan raise money for her mission to Africa click on the link below.


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  • by Just sad on May 1, 2012 at 08:35 AM
    I'm glad that someone in the community is trying to do something good, regardless of if that good is solely focused on the local community or not! No matter where a person lives, we're all human- so why not support someone who is doing something kind to help support others? Please be kind and learn not to diminish the efforts of someone who is trying to make the world a better place. Good luck on your trip Tiana!
  • by concerned citizen on May 1, 2012 at 07:22 AM
    I agree with Mormon, and put it more clearly, help people in your own country who are in need. Why would you soend 30 THOUSAND dollars and 2 years of your life helping a foreign country full of people who have never prospered or become self sufficient after DECADES of help from the USA. The African government needs to help it's own people. Americans need to help their own as well. Stay in your own back yard.
  • by Mormon Location: Parkersburg on Apr 30, 2012 at 07:04 PM
    I wasted two years of my life on a mission trip. Two years away from school and work experience put me way behind my peers. I don't recommend it, and I don't encourage anyone to support it. Stay home, stay in school and may the people pressuring you into mission service realize they won't be able to support your shortcomings when you return.
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