Contacting the Kisyoro school in ruhiira, uganda has been an enlightening experience. It is amazing to have learned extensively about the Millennium villages project and then to actually contact one of those villages. Also, talking with the students has given me a new appreciation for all that I have. I have especially enjoyed exchanging photos of our neighborhoods with the students at the Kisyoro. It is interesting to see their environment in comparison with my own. I am so glad we had to chance to talk with these students because it is important to learn about different cultures and lifestyles.
This year I participated in the Girl Rising service project. We raised money to send a girl to school at the Kisyoro School in Ruhiira, Uganda. In order to raise the money for her tuition, we held several bakesales and we held a movie screening of Girl Rising in the meetinghouse. Girl Rising is a movie about empowering women’s rights and education. It follows the lives of nine girls who share their stories about overcoming obstacles in order to have an education and have had many troubles in their lives. With the help of many generous donations from teachers, parents, and our peers, we were able to raise enough money to send a girl to school. We gave the money to a program called Connect to Learn which helps to send girls to school in Sub-Saharan Africa who could not afford it otherwise.
This was an extremely rewarding experience to know that you could send a girl our age to school. When we graduate, she will graduate and we can remember that we helped her be able to go to school. The movie was very well done, and I really enjoyed watching the experiences these girls had and how they had overcome their troubles. It is eye opening to see what happens in other parts of the world. I loved working with my peers to fundraise on this project, and I hope we can do it again next year.
A few weeks ago, I participated in the panel for the Girl Rising screening, hosted by the Class of 2016. Although somewhat nerve-racking, it was a great experience for me to speak about the possibility for girls growing up in the developing world. I was also happy to share my feelings about our collaboration with the girls and boys at The Kisyoro School. Girls’ Education is a truly important cause, as it could possibly be “the single most effective way to eradicate extreme poverty”, and is something that I feel the FS community has done a wonderful job of getting involved with.
After being on the panel, seeing the critically acclaimed, Girl Rising, was really amazing. I thought that the film was quite well done and conveyed how much girls around the world struggle to get the education that they deserve. The movie allowed everyone watching to appreciate the girls, their struggle, and to feel a connection with them. The film was not only accessible, but inspiring. I am so glad that I got to be a part of the cause through India at Friends, the panel, the bake sales, and seeing the movie. All that our school has done to make the event, and the scholarship happen is really impressive, and I hope we have more opportunities to do this kind of service in the future at Friends.
This summer, with the help of the Road Less Traveled I traveled to Costa Rica for nine days. The reason I choose this trip was because I wanted to help out those less fortunate and practice my Spanish speaking skills. In These nine days we traveled to a rural school in the countryside of Costa Rica. We helped repair a small school in a town that had a population of about 600 people. Our jobs mostly consisted of cementing, painting, and de-rusting. However, not only did we help repair a small school, but we were able to practice our Spanish speaking skills on all of the locals and teach English to them as well. We stayed in a community center courtesy of the locals.
Over these nine days I became a much better Spanish speaker, and I realized how I take many things in my daily life for granted. Since we were in Costa Rica, not many people spoke English so everyone was practically forced to speak Spanish to one another. Because of this, I was able to get much better at speaking Spanish, and I was able to teach some of the locals English. After arriving in the small rural town it was hard for me to process how many of these people were living. Many people lived in small huts and shacks which had no air conditioning. Also, many people had to hand wash their cloths. In my house in New York, I own a washing machine, and I have air conditioning which I can change to whatever temperature I desire to be in my house. It just shows how many people, including myself take things like washing machines for granted when there are still people who hand wash their clothes. The time I spent in Costa Rica helped me look at the world in a different way, and I hope to experience trips like this in the future.