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Mirjam was working in Mung’ang’a sublocation for September-October 2010 and in the beginning of 2011.

Mirjam by Mung'ang'a school

  1. Age
  2. Profession
    youth instructor
  3. How long time you volunteered in Shianda?
    2 months
  4. Why did you decide to go to Kenya?
    Because I hadn’t been to Africa, I like different cultures and my friend Janika was there already.
  5. Why did you decide to volunteer with WEFOCO?
    For me was important that local people themselves wanted to develop their home village and show up their own initiative.
  6. What do you think about the work that is being done by WEFOCO?
    I think it has been well organised and has a great influence there already – the work there is long-term and based on locals – this is most important.
  7. What were your tasks?
    I was dealing mostly with education – school fees, uniforms etc, but HIV-victims, orphans, families and first aid as well – I really enjoyed thad we had choice to do what we wanted most.
  8. What did you like most about volunteering?
    I had an opportunity to live in Shianda real local life (was practicing even carrying water on my head! :) ) and had a feeling that sometimes with so small things it’s possible to help so much.
  9. What was suprising?
    That I took very different life-style so naturally :)
  10. What would you have liked to know before coming?
    As more as possible about all areas WEFOCO is working with.
  11. What are the difficulties that the volunteers should prepare themselves for?
    Africans’ way of thinking, behaving and acting can be very different.
  12. Tell about your favorite experience from Kenya.
    Going back after 10 days! :)
  13. Do you miss something?
    Miss our family and pottery house there and the feeling that I have time – I think I was there the only one, who was running, all locals just have time… hakuna matata! :) Hope I will learn it from them :)
  14. Any other comments:)
    The experience I wouldn’t change for the world :)