Hope Development Volunteers East Africa
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So, I am heading to East Africa this fall in hopes of doing some effective asset-based aid work while I'm there! My first project will take place in Kibera, Kenya. It is the "Amani Kibera Peace Tournament" a soccer tournament ...
Hey Beautiful People! So, I am heading to East Africa this fall in hopes of doing some effective asset-based aid work while I'm there! My first project will take place in Kibera, Kenya. It is the "Amani Kibera Peace Tournament" a soccer tournament that raises money for community development that I will be assisting in organizing. Kibera is the largest slum in Africa, home to over 1 million people on the outskirts of Nairobi. With an unemployment rate of over 50%, drugs, alcohol (Changaa), rape, abortion, HIV/AIDS, all play a huge role in the oppression of these people. There are no government run clinics or hospitals here, the sewage system is a bucket in the ground that is later dumped in the river, and only 20% of the people have electricity. There is a clean water source that is relatively cheap, but teen pregnancy and HIV/AIDS still remains a huge challenge. Through this soccer tournament and in the weeks that follow, I will be working with young girls, encouraging participation in sports, and providing very practical information on HIV/AIDS and how to keep healthy. Developing relationships and assisting ongoing development efforts, I will humbly try to walk beside these girls and be the hands and feet of Jesus. My heart for these sports for development programs is HUGE. The teamwork and dignity learned from being part of a team can lead these girls to a better life, steer them away from harmful activities, and provide scholarships for them to attend school! It's amazing! The second phase of volunteering will be in Uganda for a three week program in the "Kamwenge District Volunteer Program" in a rural area, 230 Kilometres from the capitol, Kampala. This program is strictly based on HIV/AIDS prevention, and improving the quality of life of those suffering from the disease. This will involve travelling to small townships and villages in hopes of breaking down the stigma by directly addressing the problem, and using grassroots methodology assisting local volunteers on how to prevent contracting HIV/AIDS. The effects of this disease are most widely felt in the lower income people as they have the hardest time meeting the challenges of this horrible disease (like paying for medication). Each year, thousands of Ugandans (adults and children) die from complications of HIV/AIDS. My goal is to assist local volunteers, learn from them, love people beyond my own capacity, and be able to return as a nurse with a larger understanding of what the people affected by HIV/AIDS really want. This trip is an investment to me, investing in the lives of those living in Eastern Africa. My heart for this region is uncontrollably wild; yet humble and Spirit-led. I hope to learn more about the region and their assets, and be able to return once I'm finishing nursing school to work with an organization like Doctors Without Borders. I realize my own spiritual poverty in heading into this and prayers and emails will be HUGELY appreciated. If you wish to support me financially, the cost of volunteering in both projects is $1620. I am selling my car to cover the flight, and have saved for the past year for all the other additional expenses. Please join me in this journey, I recognize it's not one I will be making on my own. God Bless, Montana
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