Jeni Morrison, Employee Operations Analyst in London and Carrie Beeks, Talent Acquisition Associate Director in Chicago, are getting ready to make a difference and change lives when they travel to Chipata, Zambia on Sunday 9 October.
Seven days of activities
The duo will be visiting the SOS Children’s Village in Chipata, Zambia where SThree sponsor a house that provides a home for eight orphans, as well as wider support for the Village and remote areas which surround it.
With their itinerary now confirmed, Jeni and Carrie are getting set for seven days of activities including:
- Meeting the SOS Chipata team and children
- An official welcome by National Director, Joseph Munsanje
- Unpacking and sorting books to create a new library in the Village, from SThree fundraising
- Reading books and playing games with the children
- Spending time with each of the children to compile a fact file of fun information
- Official opening of the library and new sports area
- Photo project with the children to tell the stories of their SOS Village life through images
- Family-based care and strengthening tour, with a motivational talk for teenagers starting to think about enterprise and employment opportunities.
Selected from 99 applications, Jeni and Carrie were chosen based on the amount of CSR work they had achieved and their strong ideas for how they will support the Chipata children during their trip and beyond.
‘Getting to Know You’
Jeni can’t wait to meet the children and the people working with them in the village. “The ‘Getting to Know You’ project is going to be fun and a great way to learn more about each of the children. I’m looking forward to being able to share this info with colleagues to feel more connected with the people we’ve been working to support,” says Jeni.
“I’m also particularly excited to get the library stocked and opened – we’ve been told that at the moment the local library is an empty room with no books or even shelves! It’ll be great for the children to have a place and resources to study outside school,” says Jeni.
Carrie is really looking forward to living and being a part of the village for a week. “I am really grateful and excited to meet the children and the staff in the village. Also to gain an understanding of how the village operates, what works well and areas that still need some work,” says Carrie.
“It will be great to spend one-on-one time with the children that we support and be part of stocking and opening the library which will be a great addition to the village,” says Carrie.
We wish Jeni and Carrie a safe and successful trip and look forward to finding out about how their trip went in the coming months.
To find out how Carrie and Jeni reacted when they found out they were going to Chipata read the following article.