A Taste of the World

Human experiences, when shared with others, can have a profound impact. One person’s personal account of struggle, strife, and sorrow can inspire, mobilize, and impel change. Christina Rini of Indonesia describes the one story that changed her life and ultimately the lives of eight other international students studying at SCC:

At “One night in Iraq”, an amazing evening with Welcome to America Project (WTAP), I heard one sad story. The woman was in the US military service in Iraq.  She witnessed every sorrow. People were without homes. Children were separated from their parents. People lost their entire families. Teens lost their innocence. You could trust no one.

My fellow international students and I, from eight different countries, have been deeply moved by the stories and experiences of refugee families we’ve met while delivering furniture or at events like One Night in Iraq. So we have decided to raise funds to support the great work of WTAP

Christina and her international friends were so moved by the stories they heard, the group resolved to plan, coordinate, and host an annual event benefitting the Welcome to American Project.  “A Taste of the World” is a project in collaboration with the Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) and the Scottsdale Hospitality Club.

“A Taste of the World” will be held Saturday, March 23rd from 3:00-6:00 PM at the First Baptist Church Scottsdale.  This is the second annual “A Taste of the World” festival and will feature music, dance, food, and cultural presentations.  Tickets cost $20.00 per person.

To get your taste buds interested and your mind intrigued, Christina and her group shared a taste of some of the cuisine you might expect to try at the event.


Gajjar Ka Halwa (Carrot Pie) – India

Gajjar Ka Halwa – or Carrot Pie – is one of the most common desserts in India and is a particular favorite especially during the winter season. In addition, Gajjar Ka Halwa is part of almost any formal dinner.





2 Cups grated carrots
1 Tbsp ghee (Clarified Butter)
2 Tbsp milk
4 Tbsp sugar
4 Tbsp mava (khoya)**
1 Tbsp raisins
1 Tbsp chopped almonds
½ tsp cardamom powder
** Khoya Substitute: 2 Tbsp unsalted Ricotta cheese, 1 Tbsp Butter, 2 Tbsp Dry milk powder



  1. Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker: add carrots and sauté in a medium flame for 4 – 5 minutes. Stirring continuously.
  2. Add the milk, mix well and pressure cook for a while.
  3. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  4. Transfer into a broad non-stick pan. Add the sugar, mix well and cook on a high flame for 5 -7 minutes while stirring continuously.
  5. Add the raisins, almonds and cardamom and cook for another minute.
  6. Serve hot or warm.
  7. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes to reach a thick consistency.

About the Event:

A Taste of the World

Saturday, March 23

3:00–6:00 PM

First Baptist Church Scottsdale
7025 E. Osborn Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Admission is $20.00 per person and can be purchased in advance or at the door on the day of the event. If you cannot attend, please consider sponsoring a refugee to join the dinner for $20. For more information or to purchase a ticket in advance:

An International cookbook with over 40 recipes from around the world is also available for just $10.00. The cookbooks are available on-line at, or at the event. The cookbook will also have a biography of the students involved in the project. This would make a great gift for family or friends.


FOR DONATIONS: Please make checks payable to: Scottsdale Community College. In Memo please write: WTAP fundraiser.

Please mail to:

ATTN:   Janelle Hoffman
Hospitality and Tourism, Office: AP-246
9000 East Chaparral Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85256-2626

All proceeds from the event and the cookbook sales will directly benefit refugee families served by WTAP.

About the Organizers:

Scottsdale Community College students: This project is a collaboration with the Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) (international students) and the Scottsdale Hospitality Club.

The Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) provides an opportunity for international students from developing countries to attend U.S. community colleges for one year through a US State Department grant. The program is comprised of academic course work, cultural enrichment and exchange activities, community service and field experience. Students benefit from getting to know local host families, learning about American society and democratic values, and attending leadership development programs. After completing the one-year program, participants return home with new skills and expertise to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of their countries and societies.

Scottsdale Community College Hospitality Club: The club’s purpose is to engage hotel, restaurant management and culinary arts students who have a desire for building a career in the hospitality and tourism industry. Every year students participate in community service projects.

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