Tia Landrum

One year ago this month, college student Tia Landrum of Shreveport encountered a life altering situation while on an internship in Ghana. She saw an emaciated girl who was lying helpless in a marketplace, and exposed to the West African sun.

“She weighed a little over 17 kilograms (37 pounds) when we picked her up, and she was about five feet tall," Landrum said.

Kate Archer Kent

Centenary College student Tia Landrum, 23, leaves for Western Africa next week  for a medical internship with Global Brigades, a student-led nonprofit health organization. Landrum says her lifelong dream has been to do humanitarian medical relief work around the globe. She plans to continue volunteer work in Haiti in December.