CORINTH—As a college student in England, Chris Morrison decided he wanted to help less fortunate people around the world. He started by just sending small care packages. Later, he helped make supply runs into Eastern Europe.
That’s where his life changed forever.
While working in Sarajevo just after the Bosnian-Serbian War, Morrison was robbed by a group of Serbian soldiers, beaten and left for dead in the snow. He decided at that moment his days of helping people were over.
But when they took him to a make-shift hospital room with no electricity or running water, all he saw were children. One particular child caught his eye. The boy was around 6 years old and had lost a leg. But despite his hardship, despite the fact that his entire life had been spent in a warzone, the little boy smiled at Morrison.
That’s when Morrison realized that compassion must be intrinsic.
He then got a hold of his brother, who was also in Sarajevo at the time. The two used any resources they could find to improve conditions at the hospital, from making sure they had electricity and water, to painting the walls and bringing toys for the children.
“In helping them, I was somehow helping myself,” Morrison said.
And he has continued to help children.
In 1997, Morrison founded Care Highway International, a non-profit, non-religious, non-partisan humanitarian aid organization. With 98 percent of funding invested directly in projects, the focus of the organization is to improve health through medical missions, enhance education in developing countries and deliver aid to areas devastated by conflict and catastrophe.
Morrison was on the North Central Texas College Corinth campus Monday to share his experiences with students in the NCTC Honors program.
Care Highway now maintains a school for young children in Kibera, Kenya and also a children’s home in Kericho, Kenya.
Morrison encouraged the students to start with small commitments to help make a difference in the world.
That message falls right in line with a special project undertaken by the NCTC Psi Iota chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
Brittney O’Connor, the Vice-President of Leadership for the NCTC chapter, told students in attendance that the first step to commitment is self improvement.
“Everyone has the desire to be the best version of themselves and to succeed,” O’Connor said. “Because of this we are promoting the C4 Community College Completion Corps initiative to ‘Commit to Completing’ your Associate’s degree.”
Students at each NCTC campus will be encouraged to sign their name on a banner that shows they are committed to completing their degree.
While many students do obtain an Associate’s degree, O’Connor pointed out that many see the community college as a way to just take basic courses and use it as a stepping stone to a four-year degree.
But according to O’Connor, there are benefits to obtaining an Associate’s degree first.
She mentioned that according to studies, students who complete their Associate’s degree or certificate can expect to earn as much as $8,000 more per year than a high school graduate. Also, unemployment for community college graduates is typically 30 percent lower than for high school graduates.
In addition, many state college systems have articulation agreements that guarantee transfer of community college credits when students with Associate’s degrees enter state universities.
It also sets a good example.
“You’ll reverse a national trend in the declining number of college graduates and you will also open doors for your children,” O’Connor added. “Children of college graduates are more likely to graduate themselves.”
For more information about the NCTC Honors program and how you can make a commitment to completing your Associate’s degree, contact Dr. Rochelle Gregory at 940-498-6297.
Questions on Care Highway International can be directed to Loraine Young, a member of the executive board, at 210-218-1594 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEARNING WAYS TO HELP – Brittney O’Connor (left), the Vice-President of Leadership for the NCTC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, introduces Chris Morrison of Care Highway International at a special presentation Monday on the NCTC Corinth campus.
COMMITMENTS – Students in the NCTC Honors program committed to complete their Associate’s degree by signing a banner at the NCTC Corinth campus Monday. Joining the students were Chris Morrison (far left) of Care Highway International and NCTC Vice-President of Instruction Dr. Brent Wallace (second from left).