For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been involved in community service. When I was growing up, my church would raise money for shelters and have food drives during the holidays for the less fortunate.

When I went to college, I joined Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Incorporated because their values surrounding service and activism were in line with my own core values. Even while in graduate school, I volunteered in Peru for the summer teaching English and helping out at a local daycare.

Whenever I travel, I try to visit a shelter, an orphanage, or community center that focuses on helping the less fortunate, specifically children. Especially when I am with the boy, I want him to see that life around the world is not always as we live it.


Our visit to Lubasi Home in Livingstone, Zambia


In Zambia, we visited an orphanage. The boy played soccer with the children while I sat with the girls and talked about Beyonce and Nikki Manaj (their topic choice, not mine). When we visited Johannesburg, we went to Soweto and got the chance to meet some incredible children at the Kliptown Youth Program. When I was in Kenya I visited a school in the slums of Kibera. And every visit, I take a little of their spirit and joy with me.

During our time in Thailand we will be visiting the Mercy Centre, a community center that has several programs including a school for street children and a shelter for children and families living with HIV and AIDS. It is our hope to bring supplies to them to help thier program. We started a fundraiser and so far we are about 30% away from our goal. I’m so excited to be able to do this for them and provide them with food, supplies, and toys for the children.

I’m asking for one final push before we visit them next week. To those who read my blog, would you consider making a donation? Every little bit helps. If you are unable to make one, could you possibly share the page to those you know who can. It would be grately appreciated.

Just click here to donate.

Our travels are amazing, but I’m reminded that wherever we go we leave a little bit of ourselves behind. I’m hoping to leave a greater impact here in Thailand. With your help, I might be able to.

Thanks so much in advance,

Elmeka and the boy


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