After high school, I attended Lee University and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Human Development with a Business Emphasis. At the start of my Junior year of college, I decided to pursue a long awaited dream of mine, and signed up to spend the fall semester of 2010 working in refugee camps in Kenya. Though this trip was far from what I expected it to be, I am very thankful for the way it forced my eyes open to the extreme poverty and senseless injustices in the world. My life has truly not been the same since.
Upon returning from Kenya, I reconnected with a high school friend, Ryan (who is now my husband), and together we have started a non-profit organization called One Heart Africa. Since 2011, we have built a preschool, drilled the first fresh water well, and served over 12,000 meals in the rural village of Licilo, Mozambique. Recently, we have been able to add another classroom to the school as well as acquire a 3-acre plot of land in Licilo, Mozambique and a 22-acre plot of land in Siteki, Swaziland for farming. In addition to One Heart Africa, I also work at Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland as their Volunteer Services Manager. Though we are enjoying our time in America for now, our ultimate goal is to make a permanent home in Africa where we can raise a family and run One Heart Africa full time. www.facebook.com/OneHeartAfrica
Being in "The greatest high school marching band in all of the southeast" was definitely the highlight of my high school experience. It taught me how to be part a team and also the value of hard work and discipline. But, most importantly, being a part of the Mustang Band taught me that even though something may seem challenging at first, "It's not rocket science."