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Meeting the children of MEI was one of the most intense experiences of my life, a mixture of feelings during the three months I spent there helped me to evolve in every way.
I will take friends from home, volunteers and children always at heart. Go from the open heart and learn from these children what happiness is.
About security, infrastructure, donations, staff, activities and food, feel free to send me messages. (some details are important to know to avoid surprises).
Already leaves there feeling miss...
The biggest problem with this project is the absence of warnings or description of what the job really is. Mostly the volunteer job is cleaning the floor in a very ancient way and washing the kid’s clothes. The infrastructure is quite bad as well: no running water, no toilets but a hole in the ground. To take showers you use a bucket and the water comes from rain or the water well. You have to buy things as toilet paper and drinking water, some food as well. You do your own laundry using your own stuff. That being said the kids are THE BEST and if you are up to the chalenges, they are worth it
I have mixed feelings about the experience I had in Makuyu. First of all, I have to point out that the kids are amazing and I got really attached to them. That was for sure the bright side of the trip. On the other hand, I felt volunteers were not really useful. We just helped washing the clothes (by hand) and cleaning the floor every morning. It was hard to get involved with teaching. Also, I didn't feel very welcome (the only people who showed me around were the other volunteers) or safe walking around the school/village as a solo female. If you want to know more, feel free to send me a mess
I'm certain to say that this was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had. Pauline, Lucy, Grace and Sharon took me in like I was part of the family and made me feel completely comfortable during my period in Makuyu. About the children: they're the most loving, caring and special young humans I've had the opportunity to meet. I miss them with all my heart.
p.s.: I brought them donations of clothes, shoes and toys and they were enough for all of them - except for the shoes! Shoes are needed and I'm sure someone you know has an old pair that would be perfect for the kids! <3