Each year, my job sponsors an employee on a trip to
Kibera, a slum in Kenya, to help with the efforts of maintaining a
school the company helped found and continues to support. This year I
was very fortunate to be selected to go in June !
(Facing the Future School) is in one of the poorest areas of Nairobi,
Kenya and is for children of single mothers, who would otherwise not be
able to attend school.
To be awarded this opportunity, I had to
write an essay, describing not only "why" I would like to go on the
trip, but also what I could offer the school and its students.
of my personal aims in life is to better understand the links between
my life and the lives of people throughout the world while increasing my
understanding of economic, social and political forces which shape
lives everywhere. I have learned that our future is interdependent on
the quality of life outside the borders of our own country. I am not
solely volunteering to go abroad just to "help", but to also identify
with the suffering, challenges, confusion, vulnerability, and the
limited ability to transform their own condition because of limited
Currently, I do work in another sector, however, I
am in the process of actually taking the steps to further my education
and to chase my own passion for Healthcare. Working in another field
for the past year has helped me realize the value in doing work you are
passionate about. Not only will this trip benefit the youth of Kibera,
but it reinforces why I studied Health Science and Socio-Cultural
Anthropology at SFA. Among the many projects underway at the FAFU School
I am most excited to volunteer to help build their Health and
Counseling Center, and to facilitate or assist with a Public Health
The company does cover the basic costs of the
trip, however there are other traveling expenses that I will have to
cover such as several travel immunizations, a visa, and supplies to
donate to the children such as basic necessities and stationary.
Any donation will be appreciated!