I interned with the Samburu Women’s Trust (SWT) during my time in Kenya. SWT advocated for both human and women rights of Samburu women and girls. After a 4 hour drive through harsh conditioned roads, I finally made it to one of the Samburu villages. The SWT’s team engaged everyone in a dialogue forum pertaining to gender based violence. From this meeting, I realized that the Samburu was more than just the beautiful beadings that they wore, it was the challenges and frustrations they faced by their harmful cultural practices that undermine and stigmatize them, without confidence to speak out.
One of the places I visited during my backpacking trip around Indonesia last summer was Kepulauan Seribu (Thousands Island) a chain of islands located on the off-shore of north Jakarta. As we walk around Panggang Island (which we can do for only 2 hours), we will see some scattered abandoned fishing boats lining upon the shoreline. While we did our community service with the local children, they told us that when the ship finished serving the fishermen, it changes its function as the source of childhood memory of the children on the island.
Sporting my UMN spirit in front of iconic Big Ben and the red phone booth in Parliament Square in the Westminster neighborhood of London.