Over the course of two and a half weeks, Aman had the opportunity to visit Kenya and participate in the Global Encounters Expedition camp. Global Encounters is an international program for Ismaili Muslim youth focused on service, leadership development, cultural exchange, and global citizenship. Over the past seven years, nearly 1,000 participants from 33 countries have made lifelong friendships with their peers from around the globe, contributed over 30,000 volunteer hours to local schools and communities, and transformed the way they think about the world.
During his time in Kenya, he got to volunteer at the Mombasa Children’s Home, an orphanage for Mombasa kids ages 3-17, and learn about their way of life. While they were there, they got to meet such intelligent and motivated children who had great aspirations in life but not the proper resources to get there. There are many children in the home who are in need of sponsorship for their education. If you would like to donate to help these brilliant kids reach their greatest potential, please donate to the GoFundMe link: https://www.gofundme.com/global-encou…
Kenya is full of such rich culture and history, especially for the Ismaili faith. The Global Encounters family visited 7 Jamatkhana’s in Mombasa and Nairobi and learned a lot about the history and story of each Jamatkhana. They also got to experience the works of the AKDN and the impact on the Kenyan community by visiting the Aga Khan University Hospital, National Media Group printing press, and even staying for a week at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa.
It is said that it takes 21 days to make a habit. However, during this camp they went from strangers to family in less than 17 days and now many of them are closer than ever! They may have not been able to spend the holidays and New Years with their families back home but they have been able to make a new family and create many new memories with everyone during this camp. Aman highly encourages everyone to visit Kenya if they are able to or just volunteer in your own community because change starts with YOU!