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  1. Hi there! We are Josh and Micaela Quibell, mother and son team headed for the biggest adventure of our lives so far! We have decided to embark on a volunteer working journey to Naro Moru, Kenya in October 2020. Through our good friend and team lead, David Lyon, we have learned about the organization Developing World Connections. This group connects with local NGO's in the countries they travel to, and ask what is needed and what are the best ways to accomplish these goals. As much as possible, they buy local materials, employ local tradespeople, and do their best not to put their own agendas ahead of the people they are meant to help. This resonates well with the Quibell team, and we are excited to work with them. The project is to improve conditions at a school for kids age 7-13, by setting up a water collection system, irrigation for a garden designed to feed the students, repairing and installing floors and walls in classrooms, and improving the bathrooms. It will be hard work, and our hope is that, in addition to making a difference in the lives of these kids who are close in age to Josh, we want to have a better understanding of the world outside of our very fortunate and protected lives in Canada. Travelling to Africa is high on both our life goal lists, and we take the joy and responsibility of service very seriously. Josh is especially looking forward to meeting kids his age and playing soccer with them on his down time, and Micaela is eager to find some local musicians to learn from, perhaps on a completely new instrument! We thank you in advance for helping us reach our epic goal in fundraising for this adventure.
    • 2.38% Funded
    • $190.00 Pledged
    • 295 Days Left
  2. Hello family, friends and those that somehow found me! My name is Melissa Champagne. For those who know me know that part of my heart belongs to travel and another piece belongs to community service and helping others. It is only natural that the roads have led me to an experience that would accommodate both passions seamlessly. I am filled with gratitude that I am able to experience the upcoming trip to Naro Moru, Kenya with DWC in October 2020. Africa has always been a dream of mine and to be able to help children by either improving their schools or providing clean water is a calling deep within me and an experience I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of.
    • 18.50% Funded
    • $925.00 Pledged
    • 295 Days Left
  3. Darling Friends and Family, I have been on a challenging and rewarding spiritual service journey for the past few years. It has brought me to Seminary in New York City, a double Chaplain residency at UCLA, and now I am hoping to return for a second trip to Sri Lanka. I first travelled there in 2017 with TRIP Canada and Developing World Connections. With the group of volunteers and local workers we repaired an incredibly important community Buddhist Temple and continued an addition to an orphanage. The theme for that trip was “Everything Is Sore Except My Heart.” I was physically challenged while I fell in love with the people I met and worked with and the beautiful land of Sri Lanka. As soon as I left, I promised myself that I would return with TRIP Canada as soon as possible. My first trip was fully supported by fundraising and thank you yet again to all who donated. It felt incredibly special to have my friends and family backing me on a trip that took me so far away from home. It felt like all of you were there with me. So please join me again for my second trip to Sri Lanka! Anything you are able to contribute is appreciated. Thank you.
    • 8.75% Funded
    • $350.00 Pledged
    • 79 Days Left
  4. Getting Ready to Make a Difference in 2020!
    • 91.04% Funded
    • $34,140.00 Pledged
    • 93 Days Left
  5. Hello! My name is Jessica Wheeler, and I am so thrilled to be part of an upcoming DWC trip to Naro Moru, Kenya in October, 2020! This will be my 2nd DWC trip, with the first being to Gathawa, Nepal in November, 2018 where my team worked with local tradespeople and community members to build a home for a mother and her 2 children. When I learned of that opportunity, I felt strongly called to join, and my family and community were totally behind me! After completing the trip and reflecting for some months back in Canada, I know deep in my bones that I am called to do this type of helping work. I work as a home renovator and business owner with my husband, Darby, and we have 2 awesome sons, Vandal (9) and Larz (6), and 2 loving cats, Slater and Gilly. I am also an artist, nature lover, and empath. I felt my soul light up once again when I learned of the trip to Kenya in October, 2020. This type of work is a perfect combination of my desire to help others, my love of meeting new people and places, and my skills in working with my hands and with building.
    • 10.30% Funded
    • $515.00 Pledged
    • 292 Days Left
  6. Our DWC Volunteer team will be heading to Kenya in October 2019 to enhance school infrastructure and create a positive environment essential for learning. We'll be in Naro Moru, Kenya at a local school working to improve the environment as well as water and education resources in the community. Our team's focus is on addressing water access through rainwater collection, used to irrigate a garden used to feed children who often only get one meal a day. We will also be repairing classroom walls, floors and roofs and adding blackboards. With your help, local materials will be purchased for our team to make these projects a reality.
  7. For five weeks in February, Jessica and Natasha, physiotherapy students from the University of British Columbia, were placed to provide treatment to the people of Tangalle at the Navajeevana Center in Sri Lanka. They saw Ajith, a stroke patient, everyday. They have since been working with DWC’s in-country partner and have initiated a local contractor to finish building Ajith's family home. Their goal is to raise $5000 that will see the completion of the second floor of Ajith’s home. Read the story that inspired these students to champion this project. With your help this family can rebuild their lives and achieve self-sufficiency.
    • 38.00% Funded
    • $1,900.00 Pledged
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    My name is Ismar Uzicanin. I am originally from Former Yugoslavia (Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina) but grew up mostly in the United States in the New York/New Jersey area. I now live with my wife Kelsey, our two dogs Milo and Forest as well as a cat and four horses just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. We are starting a small scale farming and ranching operation that we hope to turn into a full fledged community supported agriculture farm. Though we live at ~7000 ft (2150m) and have an impressive seasonal monsoon season with regular rainfall during the summer months and reasonably snowy winters, the rest of the year can be quite arid. We have therefore begun to incorporate rainwater harvesting systems and bio-integrative techniques into the functioning of our property. I hope to learn more about rainwater harvesting systems during our time together in Kenya. I was first introduced to the well-oiled machine of DWC Team Leader, Ray Fowell's trips in 2011 in some group work outside of New Delhi, India. I've also previously done work with H4H in Ethiopia in 2009. I am so looking forward to working with Ray again, meeting this group, and making the most of our shared Kenya experience.
    • 125.00% Funded
    • $2,625.00 Pledged
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  9. In Guatemala more than half of families rely on open fires to cook. This causes the smoke to fill their homes and results in severe health problems. DWC's Light Up Guatemala program will put 5,000 eco-stoves in the homes of families living in poverty throughout Guatemala. The stove filters and channels smoke outside the home. As a result, women and children are no longer exposed to polluted air for long periods of time.