What does it take to affect real change? Through our partnership with the Global Angels Foundation, a small international development charity, we’re helping to empower a community in Tsavo, Kenya by providing the resources they need to become sustainable.
Each year, we give eight staff the opportunity to work with Global Angels’ in Tsavo. From building a new classroom to installing essential shade netting, our Global Angels Volunteering Programme, offers the opportunity for our people to get involved in projects that are changing lives for the better.
Myriam Gil, a consultant for our junior professional staffing business, Walters People, shares her story.
Why did you want to volunteer with Global Angels?
“I was very curious about the Group’s work in Tsavo, and I decided that the best way to find out more was to go to Kenya myself, live close to the people and help in every way that I could.”
What did you do to help?
“One of the activities was to build and paint a water reservoir which we completely finished. However, I believed the greatest way that I could help was by mixing with the local people from the village, exchanging different points of view, making them laugh, working together, playing with the children… I think the mission was not uniquely focused on painting or laying bricks, it was deeper than that.”
What was your most memorable moment from the trip?
“The most memorable moments came from when we joined the people in the village and could really see their customs, traditions and their way of life up close. A key moment for me was going to the school to distribute the gifts we had brought the schoolchildren, such as colouring books, crayons, pens, balloons and puppets.
I have never seen children so happy before, and this feeling cannot be put into words. Every time I think about it I get goose bumps. It’s when you are there that you start to truly appreciate everything we have.”