Trip to Kenya as Volunteer and Rotarian

$1,465 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 26 people in 48 months
Lexie Wukich  SEWICKLEY, PA

This summer I will travel to Kenya to serve as a volunteer and representative of the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh at Hekima Place.

 

At the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh, we have selected Hekima Place as our international project. Hekima Place is a home in Kenya for girls orphaned primarily by HIV/AIDS. The name "Hekima" was chosen for its Kiswahili meaning: Wisdom. Founded in 2005 by Pittsburgh native Kate Fletcher, the home opened with just 10 girls but has grown to 60 members of the Hekima Place family. The girls are given a loving, faith-based home with nutritious meals, health care, and, very importantly, an education to enable them to succeed on their own once their schooling is completed. At Hekima Place, each girl lives with a loving Kenyan staff member called "mum" "“ growing within a faith-based "family" with "sisters" (other orphaned girls) as companions and workmates.

 

The home is located in Kiserian, Kenya just outside Nairobi, on property purchased by the U. S. Board of Directors in July 2009. Construction of the new permanent home for the girls at this site was completed in December 2010. Approximately 20 km south and west of Karen, Kenya (Hekima Place's original location), the new home is in the southern Rift Valley Province and has six cottages and a dining hall along with a significant amount of land for gardening.

 

Education is at the core of empowerment for these girls. They attend community elementary and secondary schools throughout the region. Study support is provided at the home by staff and by volunteers from around the world who travel to Hekima Place to share their time, talents and love with the girls.

 

For the girls who came from upcountry farms in Kenya, they no longer are restricted to carrying wood and water for miles, but instead benefit from hours of school and more study at home. Hekima Place offers enough structure to encourage scholarship, yet provides free time for recreation including Girl Scouts, sports, weekly movies, newspaper reading, puzzles and games to stretch the mind. A birthday party for each girl celebrates her uniqueness.

 

I will be traveling to Kenya in late July to serve as a volunteer and learn more about Hekima Place to present to my brother and sister Rotarians. I am hoping to raise enough funds to purchase my round trip airfare. Any monies raised above and beyond the cost of travel will be split equally and donated to Hekima Place and The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh, both are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

 

To learn more about Hekima Place, please visit their website, www.hekimaplace.org.

 

To learn more about the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh, please visit our website, www.pittsburghrotary.org.

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Update 8
Posted by Alexis Wukich
43 months ago
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To everyone who supported my trip to Kenya to do a needs assessment for Hekima Place, I will be presenting on my trip at our Rotary meeting on Wednesday, October 2 at noon at the Omni William Penn! Please join us! I'd like to know who will all be attending so I can put together a table in advance! Thank you!!!!
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Posted by Alexis Wukich
44 months ago
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We leave on Sunday for Kenya! Please make sure to follow my blog to stay updated as we travel!!!! http://lexietravels.blogspot.com/
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Update 6
Posted by Alexis Wukich
45 months ago
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Forty days 'til Kenya! Tomorrow is vaccine day! OUCH!
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Update 5
Posted by Alexis Wukich
46 months ago
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Flight was less expensive than I thought it would be! Able to reduce my goal to $5000! Money raised will go towards: paying for my vaccines, paying for my stay at Hekima Place and my flight! Anything raised above and beyond my goal will be split and donated to Hekima Place and the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh! Thank you so much for helping me embark on this journey!!!!
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$1,465 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 26 people in 48 months
Created April 12, 2013
BD
$25
Bob Dinndorf
45 months ago

Congratulations on your work. I am past president of the Rotary Club of Madison-Wisc. Looking forward to hearing about your Rotary experience.

CM
$200
Carol Mulholland
45 months ago

Go Lexie! We support all your hard work in Kenya. We wish you well and safe travel! xoxoxo, Aunt Carol and all the NJ Mulhollands!!!!!

MC
$25
Mike Colella
45 months ago

Thanks for volunteering for this important trip Lexie!

SM
$50
Sally Mizerak
46 months ago
JT
$50
John Tosatto
46 months ago
$25
Ethan Nicholas
46 months ago

Here is another $25. Congrats on the success of your fundraising efforts so far!!! Great to see so many Rotarians chipping in!

DM
$100
Donna Mulholland
46 months ago(Offline Donation)
PR
$50
President Ray
46 months ago(Offline Donation)
LF
$50
Linda Fischer
46 months ago(Offline Donation)
RG
$20
Ron Garrett
46 months ago(Offline Donation)
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