In short, the answer is yes!
So about a month ago I ran across this organization called Meet and Teach created by a PhD student named Evan Brown on my Facebook. Evan is extremely talented in a bunch of different areas and his non profit that he created has been getting great recognition for the work he did in South Africa earlier in the year.
After praying about it and talking to Evan myself, I knew I had to apply though I had talked myself out of it plenty of times. (Go away, self doubt.) But one thing about me, when I truly want to do something, I will put my heart and soul into it to make sure it happens.
So why am I going?
Evan partly inspired me to join his organization, simply because I think it’s amazing to see people who look like me travel abroad and help those around them.
Growing up, I’m not what you would consider rich but I was always taught to help those with whenever I could. I’ve watched my entire family help people of our community in any way possible, whether they need a place to stay or if they needed a meal because they had no food. I truly live by the motto that life is about reciprocity and lifting others as you climb.
As you all may or may not be aware, I do study both journalism and Africana studies. In a gist, I love words, I love all things Black culture and I love story telling. In order to know who you are as a person, you have to know where you’ve come from in order to know where you’re going. I want to tell the stories of the people in Cape Town and tell them some of my own as well.
I’m HUGE on mentoring and although I’m going to South Africa to mentor and teach, I feel like I’m the one who’s going to come back learning something.
So, how am I funding this trip?
Well… that’s where you all come in at. I’ve been raising money via Gofundme and I’ve been doing other fundraising like selling chips and candy and chicken plates to my campus. However, if you would like to donate or simply share my campaign, please visit http://www.gofundme.com/kia-goes-to-south-africa
Visit http://www.meetandteach.org for more info on them as well.
Thank you so much everyone. Lets pray that I get to South Africa!