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Traditionally, the annual FASA Late Night is where the new first-year class of Freeman Scholars bond together to organize the event, cook and sell food from their home countries, and raise funds to support FASA activities for the academic year. This past Fall 2018 semester, we aimed at using this event to give back to an activist organization from one of the FASA countries in solidarity.

The first-years (Class of 2022), who hosted this year’s Late Night, dedicated 20% of their proceeds to the Indonesian environmental activist group WALHI (Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia or The Indonesian Forum for the Environment). Specifically, FASA aimed to support WALHI’s activities in providing relief to the people of Palu, Sulawesi who were affected by the September 2018 earthquake and tsunami.

As a result of the funds raised during Late Night, FASA’s Executive Committee (Exco) was able to donate $132.00 to WALHI over winter break. We received a warm email confirming WALHI’s receipt of our donation as well as some photos of their activities:

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Thank you to everyone involved who made Late Night possible! Big shoutout to the FASA first-years, members of Exco, and FASA upperclass students that provided a place for the first-years to cook. We hope to continue this practice of donating to activist organizations in our home countries by using funds raised from future Late Nights.

Special shoutout to the Office of International Affairs, WesleyanWorldWednesday, and the Resource Center for helping us fund our Late Night preparations; and special shoutout to Ms. Khalisah Halid of WALHI for coordinating with us to make the transfer of our donations possible.

To learn more about WALHI, you can visit their website at: https://walhi.or.id (website in Indonesian).

To view the original FASA Late Night 2018 Facebook event, you can click the link here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/251644802170651/ .