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Soka University’s mission is to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life. In 2006, 19 SUA students began a tradition of service by spending their entire Spring Break week gutting old houses and building new ones, distributing food and cleaning up neighborhoods in areas of New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina. There was no university credit for volunteering and all of the students paid for their own airfare. In 2007 41 students built a home and refurbished an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. In 2008, 27 students traveled to Chinle, AZ to help out on the Dine (Navajo) reservation, and in 2009, 29 students cleaned up and helped build a home to assist Hurricane Ike victims in Galveston, TX.


neworleans
SUA students worked long, exhausting hours helping New Orleans residents clean up their yards and homes in Alternative Spring Break 2006.
tijuana
The mayor of Aliso Viejo, Carmen Vali (right) honored the 41 SUA students who spent their Spring Break 2007 in Tijuana, Mexico (not all shown.)


chinle
SUA students volunteered in Chinle, AZ in 2008 to help with landscaping projects at a camp and mission and to assist the Boys and Girls Club.
galveston
SUA students helped Habitat for Humanity build this new home in Galveston,TX in 2009.



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