This school year has gone by incredibly quickly, and this term finished the year up at a quickened pace. Perhaps it is the Willamette Valley rain that has refused to let any hint of June sun through, or perhaps it was the event packed Slavery Still Exists week that brought speakers in from around the nation (most of whom are people I admire greatly and love to soak in their presence any waking moment), or perhaps it is just the quickening of time as I-dare I say- age.
Whatever it was- I’ve left this exploration of the nonprofit sector a little wiser, but a lot more aware of my limitations. A healthy dose of knowledge, packed in with inspirational instructors and guest lecturers, and seasoned by some of the best peers I could’ve asked for, I come away ready to take on the world, but aware that the world can be making change for just one other life. This class has strengthened my determination to professionally involve myself (either by invitation or pure persistence) with at least one nonprofit before I die.
That journey formally starts as soon as summer starts. I turn 21 on a plane to Mexico City that then routes to Cairo, Egypt to work as staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Global Urban Treks. A team of 16 students, including myself and 3 other staff will be teaching English to Sudanese refugees, living in small homestay families. The country of Sudan has long endured civil war and genocide. Refugees come to Egypt, most commonly seeking opportunities to travel to Canada, Australia, Britain, or America. We use our native language to help facilitate their journey- and they greatly impact our lives with their stories. As staff, I will be assisting students in approaching cultural difference, the racism between Egyptians and Sudanese, and the disparity between our lives and theirs. With that I am converting this blog into the continued documentation of my journey- and will post in the few times we have access to internet in Cairo, and again when I return. As I took this adventure last year as a student, I know that the return can be the more difficult than the journey.
With that, I am signing off now as a registered student of the Nonprofit Sector, although I plan to indefinitely be a student to the genre. I hope my blog continues to be of interest to you, as I blog about Cairo and my passion to fight human trafficking.
A sincere thank you to my audience.