On march 12th, I went with a part of my classmates to volunteer at AFYA. AFYA is a organization that collects medical supplies, sort them, and then sends them to places that are needed such as refugee camps. It was a interesting experience for me. When we first got there, we all got gloves our size. Then, we stood over two large table in lines. There, the volunteers at AFYA tells us about about the organization, there we got straight to work. We have to sort the supplies by the same catergory, then we put the expiration date and the amount of the product on the bag. We continued this for about two hours. It is always amazing to me how fast we worked and how much product there was. Overall I really liked this experience; however, I feel it would be better if they told us more about this organization and its purpose before we just dive to work. I feel we would be more motived. Another suggestion would be thinking of new ways to take care of the product that were not selected. When we are packing, we only pack things with one year within expired date, and throws out the ones that don’t fit the standard. We threw out tons of products that could still be used. Maybe we can give it to a local sanctuary to help more people?
My YPI social issue is education disparity. By definition, disparity refers to a great difference in something, educational disparities means the differences found in education varying from per pupil expenditures to access to resources and from educational racial disparities. We chose this topic because we think that everyone deserves a right to education regardless of race, social, economic status, or gender. In the beginning, I didn’t realize that it’s such a big issue. I didn’t know that it have affected so many people. In today’s world, you would think that people would have gotten a good education. But when you dig into it, you see many children wanting to learn but didn’t have a chance to learn. As I learned more about this topic and I feel more in empathy with the children in need. They are around our age or even younger. It’s amazing that how some have excess resource while other have none. The charity I picked is Children’s Scholarship Fund. They provide scholarships for students who’d out have enough financial power. They give them a second chance.
I think the really hard part is trying to connect with your Non Profit organization. They are really busy and they receive thousands of mails everyday. It is really hard for them to notice us and connect with us. I think this project connect with History because social issues is a big push in history in any country. People protested when they feel unsafe and unprotected. Social stability is a big piece in keeping people and a civilization stable.