Hey family and friends,
I’m glad that you took the time to visit my blog. All of you probably have a good idea about why I’ll be in Cameroon this summer but it won’t hurt to share it again. Myself and two other students, Emily and Ben, will be in Cameroon for five weeks to work alongside a local non-profit, African Roots, to implement a fruit tree business for a community of widowed women. This business will give the women an opportunity to generate their own income, something they have never been able to do. African Roots purchased this plot of land so that these women can have the chance to make money by selling fruit. This business will also provide healthier food options for their children. The women will also learn basic business skills to maintain their business and they will be able to use these skills to compete with other businesses.
I’m a little apprehensive about this trip because I have never been to a developing country, even more so this will be only the second time I leave the country! So there’s no doubt I’m scared to leave my comfortable and secure life here for an uncertain and foreign one elsewhere. Of course it won’t be an easy transformation and there will definitely be some culture shock, but I’m ready for it. Ever since I’ve joined Nourish International almost three years ago I knew that one day I would be a volunteer on one of our summer projects. Despite the baby butterflies I have in my stomach I know that I’m making the right decision. I cannot wait to share the rest of my journey with you all. I hope that you will join me. Expect at least one blog post per week.
Farewell for now,