I am planning to go on a volunteer trip in the spring to Rwanda to work with youth, young mothers and community members in a disadvantaged suburb of Kigali. The trip is facilitated through Venture 2 Impact, an organization and a movement that started in 2006 to help communities globally break the cycle of poverty. My particular trip’s goal is to increase the skill set of local, marginalized Rwandan people to help them qualify for better paying jobs.
One of the biggest challenges in the community where I will be working is child abandonment due to financial insecurity of their parents, especially among single and young mothers. Economic stability, through higher paying and more consistent jobs, has proven to decrease these abandonment issues and empower families. I was selected based on my background to help specifically with financial planning and computer skills coaching. Also, I am hopeful that because I am a woman, I will be able to connect and relate well with the young mothers.
In order to participate in the program, I am required to raise a donation of $5000 ($2500 for me since Salesforce will match donations!). The donation covers expenses for the trip, but is primarily used for resources for the coaching as well as a contribution to the organization. Ultimately, your donation will allow me to join other like-minded individuals to spend 8 days making a huge impact on the lives of these young mothers, their families, and the community as a whole.
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