Yesterday's ceremony, held at Tigithi Primary School, was an emotional day for the Sarnia group, now on their way up the mountain. They will complete the climb on Feb. 17 and return to Sarnia by Feb. 21.
"I am so grateful for the time I've spent with the Kenyan children," said 17-year-old Northern student Spencer Mellon. "We have so much in Canada and they have so little here yet they are much happier people. This has taught me to be happy with what I have and I definitely want to come back and do more volunteer work in Africa."
YMCA Project Kenya, in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, is a youth leadership initiative that offers leadership development experiences with a special focus on community service and philanthropy. The students are gaining insight into their personal leadership potential and abilities, group dynamics, communication, volunteerism and philanthropy as well as developing a new perspective and sense of responsibility as members of the global community.
To follow the group (lead by Mike Hurry, Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director) and read their daily progress please visit their facebook and blog sites: