Mambo! Day three of our volunteer trip was incredible. Every day seems better than the last. We had over six hours of hands-on interaction with local female students at the Moshi Community Centre, where we met with Father Dominic and began the day with him explaining what the day would entail. Today’s goals were to expose the girls to more English, technology and various career options by helping them register for a certification at the Centre. The center is focused on girls because there are fewer opportunities for women. These programs will give them access to new career opportunities not available to the average secondary school graduate.
All the students had amazing attitudes and were very grateful we were there to work with them. The students defy all odds and work through immense obstacles, including, four-hour round-trip bus rides to school, poverty, lack of resources, and being orphaned at an early age. While they have not led easy lives, these students remain resilient and do not let excuses be part of their narrative. MAD offers buses for transport and supplies many computers to the center to help with these studies. Often the government doesn’t have the budget to supply computers to their schools and kids will only get access at private schools.
We began afternoon activities with introductions and played an ice-breaker called “Two Truths and One Lie.” There was an abundance of laughter as we learned more about each other’s personal lives. We live continents apart, but ultimately, we all have so much in common.
In addition, we taught the students google documents and introduced them to Microsoft Office. Most of the girls had very little exposure to a computer, many were using a computer for the very first time and we helped them all create their first email accounts. Although many of them had little to no experience with Google, their enthusiasm to learn something new and different made everything worthwhile. We taught them how to use Google Docs and sending emails as this is a baseline requirement for school and work.
The Salesforce crew took turns explaining the importance of computers and the internet in our daily lives, both at work and personally as well. Our top tier MAD students were in attendance to help out and their translation skills were invaluable, as many of the concepts were better explained in Swahili for the class.
While we started the day as strangers, we ended as friends. We are thankful we had the opportunity to spend the whole day with the girls and look forward to seeing these young women evolve into successful women.
Day 3 from the Salesforce team