Megha Dasani ‘14 and Kelly Moquin ‘13 have just completed a summer of service in Kenya! Here’s how Megha describes their experience:
"We did a lot of medical work, such as giving immunizations to babies and went on mobile clinics to remote villages in the nearby area of Marigat, Kenya. Other pictures are from us teaching at a local school and visiting a refugee camp of the Trucana tribe. The Trucanas were displaced from their homes in Northeast Kenya during a tribal war and shifted to Marigat about 40 years ago. There are about 1000 people who live in the camps. We spent a lot of time there as they were, and the only way I can think to put it, "the neediest of the needy." We gave out a lot of donations such as Siena College shirts and about 100 caps to children for their new soccer program. Kelly and I have even decided to sponsor four children from the Trucana tribe who are first in their class to help them pay for secondary school education and to pay for things such as food and clothes. A lot of these children go to school for days without eating anything and have one set of clothes to wear, which is their uniform. Hopefully whatever money we collect, can help them with something even if it means buying a solar lamp so they can study when it gets dark, since they don’t have electricity in their huts. Overall, our trip to Kenya was a humbling experience and as cliche as it sounds, really showed me what poverty is. I truly hope I can go back one day."
Adventures in Latin America! Siena College Alum, Matt Grimes, is currently working as an English Teaching Assistant (through the prestigious Fulbright Program) in Mendoza, Argentina. Follow him as he travels and teaches his way through South America’s Southern Cone!
Sienese History in front of the Monte Dei Paschi Bank (founded in 1472); a relaxing gelato break; becoming expert Italian cooks; and selection of the competing contradas (or city wards) for the world famous Palio di Siena horse race through the streets of Siena, Italy.
Life is pretty good for Siena College students studying for the summer in Siena, Italy. Buona fortuna to Samantha D’Amato, Justin Elliot, Kathryn Hagen, and Kristen Nersesian!
Congratulations to Oseia Seaforth, Class of 2015, for being awarded a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study Hindi language and Public Health in Pune, India during the Fall 2013 semester!
Oseia will be off to India in late August, but has already been busy traveling in the Netherlands, Belgium and France with Prof. Deb Kelly’s Global Connections course this summer.
Way to go, Oseia!
As a result of his travels across borders and among peoples of diverse cultures, ethnicities, languages and religions, Francis of Assisi came to a deep respect for the inherent dignity of all.
He really would have dug Tumblr too.
Inspired by his example, Study Abroad at Siena College aims to develop within students the knowledge, the generosity, and the skills which will contribute to the building of a more peaceable and just world.