Submitted by Education on Fri, 2012-09-14 12:07
- GUEST BLOG FROM JANE HAWRYLAK -
I started working with at CTC as the Education Intern from May to the end of June. I worked the first half of my internship in Austin and finished it in Maai-Mahiu, Kenya. I helped organize inventory, interviewed CTC Kenya staff, wrote blogs, and much more. With all of the different CTC teams traveling to Maai-Mahiu, I was able to go with them to different program activities. I loved getting to see and work with each program CTC has created. Through the whole experience, I learned much more than I imagined.
When I first arrived in Maai-Mahiu, I was shocked to see the poverty right on the dirt of the town. It was obvious how the people lived. But I saw firsthand how CTC has been working in the community and giving people hope. While interviewing several staff members and Malaika Mums, I was able to fully understand how CTC has changed their lives.
My favorite moments were playing with the Maasai children and going on home-visits with several of the Malaika Mums. When we traveled to the Maasai land, there were about 80 children running around, grabbing your hands and hair, and just wanting to be with you. I loved getting to play soccer, sing, and dance with all of them. I also loved getting a glimpse of the Malaika Mums lives, while visiting their homes. While they served tea and sandwiches, they shared their life story before they worked for CTC. It was amazing to hear how CTC has changed their life and has empowered them.
I am so grateful to have this opportunity. I feel so honored to be a part of the CTC community and to have worked with the staff. It was amazing to see all of the work CTC has put into the community and the changes it has made.
Blog By: Jane Hawrylak, Education and Youth Intern