(Part 1 of 2)

Project Kenya is an organization that takes volunteers to Kenya to work on building up communities and schools. The founder and leader of Project Kenya, Brydie Hill, came to MSOE in search of students to go on a trip with her to volunteer in the village of Migori. Out of over 20 applicants, I was fortunate enough to be one of six students selected for the trip.

So over spring break in 2011, while everyone was headed off to hot vacation spots, myself and 5 other MSOE students were headed to Kenya. The plan for the trip was to fly into Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, and stay the night before heading off on a one-day safari. After the safari, we had a 7 hour drive through the mountains, down the dirt roads, and into Migori. There were two nursing students on the trip, three engineers, and a librarian from a local school in Wisconsin.

As one of the nursing students, my job for the next 6 days was to meet with the female students at Sagero Secondary school, a local high school, and teach sex education, hygiene education, and a little about American culture. We also brought donated items for the girls. These items included condoms, pads, pencils, pens, and more. This was a very meaningful donation to them because these were ‘luxuries’ they just did not have. I never knew how much of a difference I could really make for someone until I saw the smiles on their faces as we handed out those donated bags.

By Coral Baehne, Junior Nursing Student