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Service Spotlight_Lisa Clanton

 

Tell us about Africa and the work you did there.

I was fortunate enough to be a part of the F.I.S.H. delegation to Limuru, Kenya.  While in Kenya, we worked at a special needs boarding school.  Our task ranged from being a T.A. to working in/on the outdoor kitchen.

 

Why did you choose to go to Africa to volunteer?

I’ve always had the desire to visit the continent of Africa.  The opportunity to participate in a service opportunity in Kenya was an answered prayer.

 

How do you see the mission, vision, values, commitment and identity of our university reflected in what you do?

As a Christian, I understand that I am called to be the “hands and feet” of Jesus, to serve a world in need.  I am so fortunate that my profession allows me to live out my calling. I was initially attracted to Fontbonne because of the “Catholic” identity.  Traveling to another continent to serve “our dear neighbor” aligns with the mission, vision, values, commitment and identity of Fontbonne University.

 

What impact does this trip have on you and the people served?

We were able to offer suggestions on classroom management and lend a helping hand in the rebuilding process of the kitchen.  I am a better person after serving in the great country of Kenya.  The privilege to work alongside the Kenyan people as they carried out their daily life tasks forever changed me.

 

Would you recommend going on this trip to others?

YES!  While in Kenya, I experienced what our volunteer coordinator called a “holy conviction”.  I would LOVE for Fontbonne to continue to build a relationship with the Mukeu School and African Impact – Kenya.

 

What things does the school need?

The Mukeu school also serves as a boarding school.  In addition to traditional school supplies, (e.g. paper, pencils, crayons) bedding, clothes and storage tubs are possible items to donate.

 

What can people do to help?

I was blessed to have a number of friends, colleagues and family members support me financially so that I could participate in the service trip.  Those who want to help are encouraged to contact African Impact.

 

Anything else you would like to say?

I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to participate in the service trip.  I am so thankful to work in an environment where we are who we say we are.  If you have the opportunity to join a service trip, go, your life will never be the same.

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