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Alumna, church help open Mozambique clinic

September  14, 2012

Scott and Sue Schreiber, Laura Schreiber's parents, at the ribbon-cutting for the new clinic.

A new clinic to serve HIV/AIDS patients in Mozambique has been dedicated, thanks to the efforts of an Augustana alumna, fellow students and her church.

In the summer of 2010, Laura Schreiber worked to help victims of HIV/AIDS in Mozambique as a volunteer with her church, Our Saviour's Lutheran of Naperville, Ill.

She was inspired to continue the work after she returned to college, so she founded the student group Advocates for International Disease Education (AIDE). The group, with help from Schreiber's Phi Rho sorority sisters, organized a 5K-run that raised more than $12,000 for the newly opened clinic, operated by Vida Humana.

The clinic is located in Chimoio, Mozambique,  where HIV/AIDS has spread quickly.  The town is along what is known as Beira Corridor, used by truckers to go to the port on Mozambique's eastern coast. 

The organization Vida Humana was founded five years ago, with the help of the Lutheran Communion of Southern Africa, to help people with disease and work to prevent its spread. Vida Human operates the clinic.

Our Saviour's Lutheran has partnered with Vida Human for more than three years. Pastor Tom Grevlos from Our Saviors, and Schreiber's parents, Scott and Sue Schreiber, were on hand for the clinic's ribbon-cutting.

Schreiber graduated from Augustana in 2011 after studying business administration, international business, marketing and Chinese. AIDE was voted Student Group of the Year in 2011.