A me to we journey

Yesterday’s WE Day event welcomed a number of inspirational speakers, each with an eye-opening story about the challenges faced every day throughout the world. In honour of their courage to share their story with the WE Day audience, I’d like to share my personal experience from a ME to WE trip I took to Kenya.

WE Day and Free the Children have greatly impacted my life; in simple words—my trip to Kenya was the most life-changing experience. I was on a team of 25 youth, and together we spent three and a half weeks in a small Kenyan community building a school from the ground up. With the help of local Kenyan workers, we managed to build three full classrooms.

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During our days off, a giant green truck—I called it the green machine—drove us around to different schools to meet Kenyan children attending Free the Children schools. It was exhilarating to see the smiles on the children’s faces, and to know how thankful they were for our team providing them with a safe place to learn.

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We visited numerous Free the Children facilities, and I was pleased to see the amount of jobs the organization had provided for individuals around the world. I was content knowing these children were gaining education from the schools, books, and computers Free the Children and their supporters were providing.

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A moment I remember like it was yesterday occurred when we visited a Momma’s home. After helping her travel hours to obtain clean water for a family of 10, she couldn’t wait to show us her beautiful home made from hay and cow manure.

Only five of us could fit inside at once. The home consisted of a single bed made out of a hay stack with two pillows. The best part of the experience was realizing how happy she was. I thought to myself, I live in a nice house, have my own bed, and a kitchen filled with food, yet I still find ways to complain. How could someone with the bare minimum be so content in life? By the end of the day I had my answer; she had a family, a roof, a school for her children, and most of all, she had a loving global community willing to help. That’s all anyone really needs to be happy.

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After arriving home, I started watching my water intake, and was extremely careful about spending habits. Most of all, I made sure to always put a smile on my face.

The Momma’s, the beautiful children, and the hard working men, in the Kenyan community all have struggles much bigger than mine, but you would never know due to their vibrant and contagious smiles and laughter. I learnt to appreciate everything I have, and continue to spread awareness of how important it is to help make your someday come true. My someday was to travel the world while helping make a difference. My someday came true four years ago, but my journey in changing the world and helping those who deserve it is just beginning.

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