Growing up I went through about a dozen different career goals. I started off with the classics; an actor, singer or dancer. Once I realised that I wasn’t talented at any of those things I decided I wanted to be a marine biologist or a doctor to find out if mermaids exist and be able to help them. During all these phases, I mainly wanted to help people and give back to the world in any way I could. So, starting university at the London School of Economics last year, I began looking into working for NGOs and charities. I ended up getting onto a scholarship programme that aimed to promote ethical leadership and giving back to your community. I wholeheartedly believe that all of this led me to Child.org.
I have just completed my 6-week Fundraising and Grant writing internship at Child.org and I couldn’t have hoped for a better organisation to introduce me to the world of charity work. I learned much more than I’m sure that I’m able to appreciate right now but one thing that will always stand out to me is the working environment created by the whole team. I always felt like I a valued member of staff by everyone working at the organisation, and that is a feeling I will be expecting and looking forward to finding at my future full-time job. I wanted to work at Child.org because the team seemed genuinely passionate and dedicated to supporting positive, sustainable change to the healthcare received by the mothers and children they work with - and that passion is truly infectious.
I think that Child.org is the golden standard for an organisation that wants to work with communities in overcoming their unique challenges. The communication and collaboration between the UK-based team and the Kenyan team is admirable as every interaction was filled with respect and a willingness to listen and learn from one another. This, amongst many other things, is what I’ve learned from working at Child.org and I am grateful that these attributes will not only help me in my career but also in my personal development.
I’m not sure what my next steps are careerwise. I’m going back to university at the end of September but, in the meanwhile, I think I’m going to try and reflect and appreciate how truly grateful I am to have had the opportunity to work with such amazing people.