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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!



 

Free the Children / Enfants Entraide

  Published on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 at 04:56 PM (MST)
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! 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RiUHRCK0yw



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!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RiUHRCK0yw 

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Tools to Learn

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