I have been given the opportunity to travel around Kenya and Uganda for 6 weeks this summer with the non-profit organization Operation Groundswell (OG). Their programs expose participants to the harsh realities and rich knowledge base found throughout everyday life in the developing world. In showing the ground-level perspective, OG ultimately hopes to foster cross-cultural dialogue through engagement between participants and partner communities. The specific program trip I will be on is the East Africa: Discovery, travelling around Kenya and Uganda from May 25-July 3, 2015. In previous years this program has worked with Rescuing Widows, Elderly, Youth and Orphans with AIDS (RWEYOWA), and other non-governmental organizations (NGO).
Now, what can YOU do? Obviously, it is quite financially taxing to travel to Africa. However, one of the key ideas at OG is that each team member fundraises an amount to contribute to community projects. As a team we get to decide where exactly our money will go once we are there and have seen the needs of the community, however the distribution if these funds will be: carbon offsetting (10%), in-country projects (82%), and administration (8%). To the point: I do not want to single-handedly help a developing community – even more, I am unable to. I believe that it is important to join together and support this as part of the same global community. If you feel so led to contribute, financially or otherwise, to this cause please do not hesitate to do so. If you are unable to contribute at this time, please continue to share my adventure with others who may be interested.
As an added incentive, I have committed to running 1 km for every $50 I raise, and to double that distance for every greater than $50.
Prior to my departure I will be hosting a number of events to help fundraise both the trip expenses and the community contribution.
Evening of Entertainment – April 17, 2015 – 7:00 pm @ Multipurpose room (Riddell), U of R
Steak night – May 7, 2015 – 6:30 pm @ 4Seasons (909 Arcola Ave. E), Regina
If you have any questions, would like more information or event tickets, or would like to be kept up to date with events and my trip, please send me an email at:
Thank you to everyone who contributes and supports me throughout this adventure, and I cannot wait to see how this adventure unfolds. 68 DAYS AND COUNTING!