In 9th Grade History, I volunteered to direct the incoming people to the Meeting House and, like everyone else, researched the MDGS and the MVPS as well as making voice threads and blog posts to communicate with the Kysioro School. In this year long service project, I learned more about how people my age live in different parts of the world. It became clear to me the things that I grow used to, take for granted and sometimes even hate, are privileges rare in places like Uganda or any of the places the Girl Rising movies addressees. I learned to appreciate everyday things like school or free speech since people don’t have it. I now appreciate the fact that my life necessities are at my disposal and I don’t have to work night and day to get them. These service projects have taught me to appreciate the things that I looked at as given, as a privilege I share with my friends. The voice threads, however, connected me to these people and really made me see the humanity behind these problems and think about how these people are not far away. It made me see how they’re just like us and that these problems you read about on the news isn’t some distant story that does not affect us, these are people who you can help and communicate with. The MDGS and MVPS, in short, made me realize what the problems where. The Voicthreads and blogposts made me realize how close we are to the problem and our work with the Connect To Change Foundation, made me realize what I can do to help.