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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!



 

A Word From an Alumni

  Published on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at 07:16 AM (MST)
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.




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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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This gift covers the cost of a day in Kenya for one person including meals and lodging.

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.

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This gift will help cover the cost of one Campus Saint-Jean (UofA) student's flight.