Over March break, students from St. Michael’s College School and sister school Holy Name of Mary took part in a service trip to Kenya.
The trip provided an opportunity for students to be part of sustainable change within a community in the Maasai Mara of Kenya. The students worked hard to build the foundation for a new classroom by digging the trench, mixing concrete, binding rebar, and pouring concrete. The local Kenyan schoolchildren immediately established a strong relationship with students and were very appreciative of their hard work.
While in Maasai Mara, students took part in a safari, an amazing experience that included some exciting wildlife sightings including giraffes, packs of impalas, and gazelles, a troop of baboons, a pool of hippos, families of warthogs, and prides of lions.
Other highlights of the trip included:
- taking part in a ground-breaking ceremony for a new women’s empowerment centre in which the group met Marc Kielburger (co-founder of We Charities)
- visiting an all boys “We” high school and an all girls “We” high school to see what a day in the life of teens their age was like
- learning Swahili and about the Maasai culture from Maasai warriors
- beading necklaces and bracelets with Maasai “mamas” and witnessing their alternative income possibilities
- visiting a health centre with a new surgery wing and maternity ward that was built by We Charities and the local community.
During the trip SMCS and HNMCS students were respectful, and enjoyed their experience, while gaining new insights and broadening their worldview.
SMCS students: Byron Mawaya ’17, Nicholas Matar ’18, Jacob Wilbur ’18, Simon Martignago ’18, Jack Montemurro ’18, Christian Mastrangelo ’18, Nicolas Wills ’18, Christopher DeLuca ’19, Christopher Moseley ’19, Paolo Longo ’19, and Jay Yang ’20 were excellent ambassadors for St. Michael’s College School. Teachers, Ms. Higgins-Burnham and Mr. Cahatol are proud of their attitude and hard work, and look forward to future successful service trip opportunities.