PICTOU – A group of six young girls from Pictou Academy had lots to learn from their weeklong trip to Kenya.
Student Alisha MacNeill said the experience impacted her most when she saw the way Kenyans live compared to how she lives.
She said it has made her become more appreciative of parents and teachers.
“In Kenya, they don’t really have a whole lot, so it has really impacted me to see what they have and compare it to what we have. So it makes you be more appreciative of what I do have back home.”
Emmy Tremblay, a teacher who went on the trip, said the purpose was for the students to create positive change in others’ lives.
“They started to do some things in Pictou County and they wanted to try that on a global scale to try to improve the quality of life for others.”
What impacted the students the most was meeting the children receiving their volunteer help and seeing firsthand what a difference it makes in their lives, she said.
“We did a lot of educational workshops on how Free the Children is using their Adopt a Village model and seeing how it’s working. But we also were breaking ground on building a teachers accommodations at a girls school.”
MacNeill said they saw a lot of poverty, but also a lot of happiness because of what was being done in the community with the school, the farm, and the clean drinking system.
“I just think that what we have seen has really impacted them a lot. There is a lot of change going on.”
Tremblay said the Me to We and Free the Children organizations have a solid presence in the school.
“Everyone knows what it is. It’s a solid presence, but we’d like to make that grow a little more.”
Their next trip is not planned for Kenya, but probably Ecuador within the next two years, she said.
The group said they would like to thank the First Presbyterian Church, Superstore, the Pictou and New Glasgow liquor stores and the Master’s Hand Ministry. They would also like to thank parents for helping to organize fundraisers, EF Tours, Me to We, Tara Fanning, and Julie McNeil.