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We are a group of passionate university students who strive to build global relationships through service projects to underprivileged countries around the world. We are part of the seventh group of students from Campus Saint-Jean (University of Alberta) who will travel to Kenya in May of 2015 to experience the power of service learning as future teachers and professionals. 


The Kenya project focuses on three pillars: education, leadership and social justiceThis will be an opportunity of a lifetime to see the world with new eyes.  As we prepare to become teachers and leaders, we are conscious of the privilege but also of the responsibility of our chosen professions.  We hear stories about the conditions of developing countries, but what a privilege it will be to see the realities of cultural differences. 

Although the student teaching practicum is central to the "Projet Kenya" experience, leadership and volunteering activities are built into this international project. Reciprocity, solidarity and sustainability are three fundamental principles in our journey. Free the Children/Me to We, our partner organization, believes in a hand up - not a handout!   Twelve wheelbarrows of sand, twelve wheelbarrows of rocks, two bags of cement, water, shovels, muscle power, blisters and a lot of good will - such is the formula that makes a difference in the lives of Kenyan children.  Although very challenging physically, such an experience brings an unprecedented sense of joy in the lives of young adults who witness for themselves the power of experience.


According to previous participants, t
he best part about being in the Massai Mara is feeling the pulse of the region.  It is quite something to connect with this daily rhythm - mamas beading under the acacia trees in serenity, young students who attend school each morning with a spring in their step and smiles on their faces; the way the community comes to life with each rising sun. Young Massai students leave a lasting impression on all who have the privilege to meet them.

The alumni of "Projet Kenya" is exemplary in walking their talk.  Their commitment to making a difference in our world doesn't end when they come home.  These students, many of whom are now teachers, choose to impact others locally and internationally.  Some are now teaching and working in developing countries. Other alumni members continue to impact the lives of their students in local Canadian classrooms. They are proud to live by the Me to We motto: "Think globally, act locally."  They are now preaching what they practiced in Kenya.  

The participants of "Projet Kenya" will have earned much more than a degree upon completion of their university program. They will leave Campus Saint-Jean with a life-transforming experience that will forever influence the way they teach and the way they approach their professional lives.

                   We are so looking forward to becoming a part of that Alumni!


Asante sana 

  Published on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at 02:39 AM (MDT)
Thanks to your generosity, we have raised a grand total of $5,625! Please know that your support has been greatly appreciated! Our team is so excited for this cross culture, life changing experience aimed at promoting education for all! We feel incredibly fortuate to partner with Me to We in providing our Kenyan friends will a little "boost" by building a school and helping to teach so they can continue to develop on their own long after we return home. We are also very eager to see what they have to teach us! Together we will make a difference!

Grâce à votre générosité, nous avons collectés un grand total de 5,625! Soyez assuré que votre appui est grandement apprécié! Notre épique a très hâte pour cette expérience inter-culturel ayant pour but d'appuyer l'éducation global. Nous sentions exceptionnellement chanceux de travailler en partenariat avec Me to We à offrir un coup de main à nos amis kényans en bâtissant une école et en enseignant pour qu'ils puissent continuer dans leur développent longtemps après notre retourne. Nous avons également hâte de voir ce qu'ils vont nous enseigner! Ensemble nous créons une différence!

Only 24 hours left! Seulement 24 heures qui restent! 

  Published on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 at 06:57 PM (MDT)
It's the final countdown! This past month has been an amazing experience for us and we are even more excited for what lies ahead of us.
Our hands are thrown in the air for our accomplishments, just as the children in Kenya do when they dance. This culture astounds us as we see the bright, happy faces of the young generation and their hope and vision for the future.

Your generous contributions and continuous support have made this all possible, so merci! Thank you! Asante sana!

C'est le compte à rebours final! Ce dernier mois était une expérience incroyable pour nous et nous avons encore plus hâte à ce qui s'en vient.
Nos mains sont lancées dans l'air pour nos accomplissements, pareil comme font les enfants au Kenya quand ils dansent. Cette culture nous étonne quand nous voyons les visages brillants et souriants de la jeune génération et leur espoir et vision pour l'avenir.

We're on the last stretch / Nous sommes dans les derniers quelques pas 

  Published on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 at 03:45 PM (MDT)
Only two more days left of this campaign and 2 more months until we take flight to Kenya. Time flies! We cannot wait to get our hands dirty and do as much as we can to help!
Thank you so much for your continued support - we could not be more grateful!

Seulement deux jours qui restent de notre campagne et deux mois jusqu'à quand on parte pour Kenya. Le temps passe vite! Nous ne pouvons pas attendre de travailler fort et de faire tout ce que nous pouvons pour aider!
Merci beaucoup pour votre soutien continu - nous ne pourrions plus être reconnaissants!

Making a Difference / Faire une différence 

  Published on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at 09:32 PM (MDT)
Jacqueline Skytt, and Alberta education leader, states that "global education builds positive character and develops a sense of altruism in students that rub off at home. Students learn that caring about others builds a strong society. Students also learn that they can take action to make a difference in the world."

Being part  of this team, creates a sense of family and of community. This is one of the things that we hope will  "rub off" in our classrooms and in our personal and  professional communities when we  return to Canada. We are privileged to have the opportunity to experience the rich culture of Kenya and  to be  part of something greater than ourselves. 

Thank you for your continued support throughout our journey. Every donation will bring us closer to our final goal of $7,000.  Only three  days left in our campaign! Thank you!  Asante Sana!
Jacqueline Skytt, une éducatrice de Alberta Teachers' Association affirme  que "l'éducation globale contribue à bâtir des citoyens  responsables et développe un sens d'altruisme qui est reflété dans leur vie de tous les jours.  Les étudiants apprennent que le service à la communauté construit une société forte. Les étudiants se rendent aussi  compte que c'est en passant à l'action que l'on peut  faire une différence dans le monde."

Faire partie de ce groupe, crée un sentiment de famille et de communauté. Ceci est une des choses qu'on espère sera réinvestie dans nos salles de classe et dans nos communautés professionnelles.  Nous somme privilégiés d'avoir l'opportunité de pouvoir s'immerser dans cette culture riche  et diverse et de participer à quelque chose qui est plus grand que nous-mêmes.

Merci pour votre soutien continu durant notre expérience jusqu'à date.  Tous les dons sont appréciés!  Avec votre générosité, nous osons espérer atteindre notre nouveau but de 7000$.  Vous avez encore  3 jours pour nous appuyer!  Merci!  Asante Sana!  

A Word From an Alumni 

  Published on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at 07:16 AM (MDT)
Projet Kenya is a unique experience where university students are able to develop skills and immerse themselves in a foreign culture while providing service to the locals in need. The alumni returning from these trips are changed by the new perspectives and life experiences that have now become a part of them.

Many projects have been created as a result of commitments declared while on their journey in Kenya.  Over the years, the friends of Projet Kenya have raised $20,000. This amount  will provide enough funds to pay for a free-standing classroom.  The Alumni have also initiated projects such as gathering skates for resource –poor inner city schools,  supporting initiatives at Hope Mission,  fundraising to help mamas in Kenya buy sanitary products so girls can attend school.  We share here a note from Mama Dinah who expressed her gratitude for the donation for the young female students in the Oloonkerin community:  ''The girls who miss school because of lack of sanitary towels end up repeating the same class and that encourages early marriages.  Some of these girls are very bright and that just cuts off their future.''  The group of Mamas are very diligent in promoting education for girls in Kenya. 

In 2009, the first student group from Campus Saint-Jean visited the greenhouse developed by Free the Children.  During that visit, the twelve university students seeded 300 trees in one hour. Listen as one of the members of the 2009 cohort recounts a few of her experiences in Kenya.

A New Goal / Un nouveau but 

  Published on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at 05:48 PM (MDT)

We, the members of the 2015 Projet Kenya cohort,  have reached our first funding milestone of $3,500 in just six days and are almost at $5,000 raised!

This has energized us to rally together to hit our second funding milestone of $7,000 by the end of the campaign.  We have 16 days left.

Would you help us hit this goal by helping us spread the message or being one of our first donors towards this ambitious, yet meaningful goal?

With this additional funding, we will be able to reduce our financial burden.  We are partnered with Me to WE/Free the Children who provide a safe, secure environment for us to do our work.  

We believe the $5,000  fee we are each paying for this venture is well worth the transformative cross-cultural experience for which we are preparing, and hitting $7,000 means we will be able to offset these costs for everyone even more.  
We are so grateful for your continued support! 


Nous les membres de la cohorte 2015 du Projet Kenya sommes ravis de vous annoncer que nous avons atteint notre but de 3,500$ en six jours et nous approchons rapidement une somme de 5000$.  
Nous sommes donc prêt à rêver en grand!  Nous avons décidé de cibler un 2e but.  Nous visons maintenant d'accumuler 7,000$ d'ici la fin de la campagne.  Il nous reste 16 jours.   

Nous vous prions de continuer à partager notre page.Pour ceux qui n'ont pas encore eux la chance de faire un don, il est encore temps!

Ces fonds additionnels nous aideront à réduire le fardeau financier de ce projet.  Le Projet Kenya est en partenariat avec Free the Children/Me to We, qui nous encadre au Kenya, dans un environnement sain et sécuritaire. Nous croyons que les frais de 5,000$ que chaque participant débourse pour cette expérience, en vaut bien la peine.   

Encore une fois, nous sommes très reconnaissant de votre appui jusqu'à date!


Celebrate! Célébrons! 

  Published on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at 12:05 AM (MDT)
This week has been an incredible adventure where our dreams have come true! Thanks to you guys, our awesome supporters, we have not only reached our goal, but we have surpassed it! Whether you have contributed to our campaign by giving a donation, sharing it with your friends or even just checking it out, it's because of your continued support that we have been so successful.
Because of this accomplishment, we are not hesitating on raising the bar a little higher! What's a little more of a challenge? Throughout the rest of this month, we will strive to raise $5000 towards this cause, in which we strongly believe.


Cette semaine était un aventure incroyable où nos rêves ont devenu la réalité! Grâce à vous, nos supporteurs formidables, nous n'avons pas simplement atteint notre but, mais nous l'avons dépassé! Si vous avez aidé en donnant un don, en partageant notre campagne avec vos amis ou même en y jettant un coup d'oeil, c'est grâce à votre soutien continu que nous avions eu tellement de succès. 
À cause de notre accomplissement, nous n'hésitons pas à surmonter notre but original! Un défi est seulement de l'experience, n'est-ce pas? Jusqu'à la fin du mois, nous aspirons d'atteindre un nouveau but de 5000$ pour cette cause, dans laquelle nous y croyons fortement. 

Free the Children / Enfants Entraide 

  Published on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 at 04:56 PM (MDT)
In just a few short months, we will be traveling to rural Kenya in order to lend a hand by volunteering to build a school, teaching Kenyan children and learning from our (and their) experiences.  Through Me to We/Free the Children, we have been allowed a magnificent opportunity to assist those around us (be they near or far!) and truly become part of a global community.  

Free the Children
was founded in 1995 by Torontonian Craig Kielburger (when he was only twelve years old!).  His goal was to bring to light the tragedy of child labour in developing countries through education.  Today, the main objective of Free the Children is to "empower young people to remove barriers that prevent them being active local and global citizens".

This charity and educational organisation currently operates in several countries, such as Nicaragua, Ecuador, China, and obviously Kenya.  Through Free the Children, 650 schools have been built, which educate approximately 55,000 children a day. 

A small movement that became global! 

Dans seulement quelques mois, nous voyagerons au Kenya rural afin d'offrir un coup de main en aidant à construire une école, en enseignant aux jeunes Kenyans et en apprenant de nos expériences et de leurs vécus.  Avec l'appui de Me to We/Enfants Entraide (Me to We/Free the Children), nous aurons l'opportunité unique d'assister ceux et celles qui nous entourent (de près ou de loin!) et de faire partie d'une communauté véritablement globale.

Enfants Entraide
a été fondé en 1995 par le Torontois Craig Kielburger (quand il avait que douze ans!).  Son but était de mettre en lumière la tragédie de travail des enfants dans des pays en développement à l'aide de l'éducation.  Aujourd'hui, l'objectif directeur d'Enfants Entraide est de créer « un monde où les jeunes sont libres de réaliser leur plein potentiel en tant qu'acteurs de changement ».

Actuellement, cet organisme de charité et partenaire éducatif fonctionne dans plusieurs pays, y compris le Nicaragua, l'Équateur, la Chine, et bien sûr le Kenya.  Enfants Entraide à contribué à la construction de 650 écoles, qui servent à éduquer environ 55 000 élèves par jour.

Un mouvement petit qui se répandit globalement!

A Small Thought / Un petit mot 

  Published on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at 03:42 PM (MDT)
Wow! Yesterday we were able to reach 30% of our goal thanks to your donations! Merci beaucoup! With this in mind, I thought I would share one of my reasons for going on this trip.

Last week, Lucille and I were talking about her past experiences in Kenya and one of her comments really struck a nerve. One of her close friends had told her she was very happy with her life in Kenya, all but for one thing: that her childhood had been taken away from her. The region in which we are going to, the Massai Mara, has a very high percentage of women that get married under the age of 15. This is what happened to her and as a consequence, was forced to grow up at a very young age.

This story is the complete opposite of my own life. I am now in my 19th year of schooling and my childhood would have been very different without it. It is the memories that I have of elementary school that make up much of my childhood. I don’t wish anyone to be denied such a significant part of growing up. This is one of my reasons for going to Kenya: to witness what it is like to be a young girl in a place where education is often out of reach. I want to be able to make my contribution to girls’ education and to understand and form my own opinions about a culture of learning that is different from my own. I am excited to see what I come up with once I am there!

Wow! Hier, on a atteint 30% de notre but monétaire ! Merci à tout le monde pour leurs contributions ! Avec ceci en tête, voici une de mes raisons pour aller au Kenya cet été.

 La semaine dernière, Lucille et moi parlions de ses expériences précédentes au Kenya. Elle m’a raconté l’histoire d’une de ses amies, une histoire qui m’a beaucoup marqué. Cette femme lui disait qu’elle a beaucoup aimé vivre au Kenya, sauf pour une chose : qu’elle n’a jamais eu une vraie enfance. Ceci est à cause du fait qu’elle s’est faite marié à un très jeune âge.  La région dans laquelle on y a va Kenya, le Massai Mara, est un endroit où le pourcentage de jeunes filles mariées avant l’âge de 15 ans et très élevé.

Cette histoire ne pourrait pas être plus différente que la mienne. Ça fait maintenant 19 ans que je suis à l’école, et sans ces années, mon enfance serait complètement différente. Ce sont mes expériences au primaire qui compose une grande majorité de mes souvenirs d’enfance. Je ne peux pas imaginer ne pas avoir été à l’école et je ne souhaite à aucune fille ces expériences manquées. Voici une de mes raisons pour aller au Kenya : pour comprendre la vie d’une fille qui n’a souvent pas la chance d’aller à l’école à cause de nouvelles responsabilités. Je veux aussi être capable de contribuer à l’éducation des filles et de créer mes propres opinions d’une culture où l’éducation est valorisée différemment qu’au Canada. J’ai hâte à apprendre davantage lorsque je suis au Kenya !! 

Get To Know Us! Apprendre à nous connaître! 

  Published on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 at 03:53 PM (MDT)
Want to know a bit more about each team member? Here's a bit about us!

Nikki: I'm in my fourth year of a Bachelor of Science degree. I want to go to Kenya to support education in this often disadvantaged region. I'm excited for this cross-cultural experience and the friendships I will make!
Lucille: I have the privilege of coordinating the 7th cohort of students from Campus Saint-Jean from UofA. I love to witness their first moments in Kenya. I love to witness the sparkle in the eyes of these students as they meet the children and the members of the community with whom we will spend 3 weeks!
Matt: I am currently studying for a degree in Education and in Physical Sciences. I chose to go to Kenya in order to immerse myself in a new culture, give a helping hand to those who need it most and to learn from others.
Stéphanie: I am a student in Elementary Education. Being a part of a team that has a global impact has always been my dream. I can't wait to land on Kenyan soil!
Rebecca: I'm in my 3rd year of my Bachelor of Secondary Education in sciences. I'm excited to go to Kenya to experience a new culture and a different lifestyle. I want to bring what I will learn from this project to my future classes.
Renée: I am an aspiring elementary school teacher. I'm currently in my third and incredibly excited to be a part of Project Kenya. My passions in life revolve around educating children and helping others, two things I can't wait to be a part of in Kenya!
Ali: I'm in my 3rd year of Secondary Education with a major in math and a minor in choral music. Every time I think of going to Kenya, I can't help but feel so blessed to have this opportunity in my life. I feel so deeply about global education and being able to have cross-cultural exchanges and this experience will present nothing less!
Alex: I'm in my 4th year of my BEd/BSc at the Campus Saint-Jean. I want to go to Kenya because I know that education is key to positive changes in the world. This is an opportunity to bring a better quality education to a part of the world through the construction of classrooms, that are missing in the region.
Candice: I have a background working in education and am working towards my BA in Psychology. I am so blessed to be part of this year's amazing team for Project Kenya. I am so excited to gain new perspectives, build friendships and help our global community thrive.

Thank you for your continued support throughout our journey and in our lives!

Voulez-vous savoir un petit plus plus à propos des membres de notre équipe? Voici quelques petits mots au sujet de notre groupe!

Nikki: Je suis dans ma 4ème année d'une bac en sciences biologiques. Je veux aller au Kenya pour appuyer l'éducation dans cette région souvent défavorisé. J'ai hâte aussi à faire l'expérience de la culture et la différente mode de vie de nos amis au Kenya!
Lucille: J'ai le plaisir de coordonner le 7ème groupe d'étudiants du CSJ au Kenya. Quel plaisir de partager l'émerveillement des étudiants ainsi que de voir encore une fois, l'étincelle dans les yeux de ceux qui nous accueillent au Kenya! Un privilège que je ne prends pas pour acquis!
Matt: Je poursuis un bac en éducation et un bac en sciences. J'ai choisi d'aller au Kenya pour vivre une nouvelle culture, donner un coup de main à ceux qui on vraiment besoin et apprendre d'autrui.
Stéphanie: Je suis étudiante en éducation au primaire. Faire partie d'une équipe qui a un impact global a toujours été un de mes rêves. J'attends avec grande impatience le moment où je mets mes pieds au Kenya!
Rebecca: Je suis dans ma 3ème année dans un Baccalauréat en Éducation secondaire en sciences. J'ai hâte d'aller au Kenya pour l'expérience d'une nouvelle culture et une différente mode de vie. Je veux apporter ces connaissances que je gagne de ce projet à mes classes dans le futur.
Renée: J'aspire devenir enseignante au primaire. Je suis dans ma 3ème année universitaire et je suis très heureuse de faire partie du Projet Kenya cette année. Mes passions inclues éduquer les enfants ainsi qu'aider les autres, deux choses que j'attends avec impatience faire au Kenya!
Ali: Je suis dans ma 3ème année en Éducation secondaire avec une majeure en maths et une mineure en chant chorale. Chaque fois que je pense au Kenya, c'est inévitable que je sens tellement béni d'avoir cette occasion dans ma vie. Je sens tellement forte au sujet de l'éducation globale et le fait d'avoir des échanges interculturelles et cette expérience n'en manquera pas!
Alex: Je suis dans ma 4ème année du BEd/BSc au Campus Saint-Jean. Je veux aller au Kenya car je sais que l'éducation est clé aux changements positifs dans le monde. Ceci est une opportunité d'apporter une éducation de meilleure qualité à une partie du monde à travers la construction des salles de classe, qui manquent dans cette région.
Candice: Jambo les amis! J'ai un fondement de travail en éducation et j'étudie vers mon baccalauréat en pschologie. Je suis tellement heureuse et bénie de faire partie de l'équipe extraordinaire pour le Projet Kenya cette année. J'ai tellement hâte d'acquérir de nouvelles perspectives, de nouer des amitiés et d'aider notre communauté mondiale prospérer.

Merci pour votre soutien continu durant notre aventure et dans nos vies !

Coming to a USEED account near you... 

  Published on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at 03:38 PM (MDT)
In just 3 short days, we will be launching our campaign for Project Kenya! This is a really exciting time for us and we would love for you to help us out. 
Please check out our page and provide feedback on how we can make it more appealing. This way, our cause can reach its highest potential!
Wondering what Me to We is all about and why we're going with them? Check out this video!

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The Change Maker

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Fun and Games

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This gift will provide children in Kenya with soccer balls and other recreational equipment.

Tools to Learn

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This gift will provide resources for classrooms in Kenya such as paper, pencils and markers.

Health and Security

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This gift will support the cost of Flying Doctor's insurance for one Campus Saint-Jean (UofA) student, to ensure all participants will be assisted in case of illness.

One Day in Kenya

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In-Country Transportation

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This gift will support the salary of Kenyan drivers as well as the maintenance of vehicles. The cohort of students travel 4 - 5 hours from Nairobi to get to the Massai Mara.

The Perfect Hosts

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This gift will pay the salaries of the Support Staff at camp who work hard to provide meals, security and maintenance.

A Legacy for Future Generations

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This gift will help cover the cost of materials such as concrete, sand and gravel, needed to build a classroom which will provide education for 30-52 students.

Take Flight

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