Nine Upper Canada College students and two teachers spent time in Kenya’s Mara region over the March break on a service trip in support of the WE philanthropic organization.
The group’s time in the African nation was focused around the five WE pillars: food, water, education, health and opportunity. In doing so, the participants learned lessons that touched their hearts and will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
“We visited the Mulot market to bargain with locals for food necessities with an income of a typical Kenyan family, five U.S. dollars, for one week,” says math teacher Fatima Remtulla. “It was an eye-opening lesson, teaching many of us just how far — or not — money stretches to feed everyone.
“We helped harvest carrots that are part of the farm that supplies food to three neighbouring communities and the schools in those areas.”
Throughout the trip, the participants dug and filled in foundations with homemade cement for a classroom and dormitory for an all-boys’ school called Ngulot.
The group also carried water from the Mara River to a local woman to give her a two-day supply for her livestock.
“We have continued aspirations to help impact the world for the better,” says Remtulla of how the experience impacted everyone involved with the trip.