The American people hold it so dearly close to their hearts to give back to their communities—the definition of American culture. Community service is a part of most Americans’ lives and has encouraged the spirit of volunteerism among them. It could be gardening, tutoring, cleaning the streets, coaching or tree planting. As Albert Einstein mentioned “ only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile,” the students vow to live their lives for their community.
Students and beneficiaries of the English Access Microscholarship Program had the opportunity to live this experience to fulfill key objectives of the program. The program is implemented by SambaSports Youth Agenda and supported by US Embassy Nairobi through Mombasa CBO.
As a way to foster intercultural exchange, the program is keen on helping the students understand the ways of life of the American people through the English language and the culture. The group of students of Kombani and Ng’ombeni secondary school have shown deep passion for giving back to their communities.
The students participated in a beach cleaning exercise at Zote Beach in Kombani, Kwale County. Keeping the beach clean is not only good for people but also the aquatic lives threatened by plastic and other waste disposed in the ocean. The exercise featured a talk from Amani Nuri who spoke extensively about community service as he shared considerable amounts of experience in community service having lived in the United States as a student.
The highlight of the activities was marked with various games like beach soccer, beach volleyball, and juggling for bonding and fun purposes. It was such a fun day with desires fulfilled as the sense of responsibility and volunteerism is built among the students.