Here at Regenerate we hope to transform lives and communities.
We send young people from our mentoring schemes in London on life changing trips to Africa, where they build schools, housing, social enterprises, establish social enterprises and create life long friendships.
The impacts of these trips are huge, not only for the disadvantaged African communities, but also for Regenerate’s young people. They have a powerful positive long-term affect on individual personal development. Here’s Nadia a volunteer with Regenerate’s story:
From a young age a sense of global responsibility has been instilled in me. My parents were fortunate to come to London in the early 1990s as refugees and worked hard to ensure that my sister and I were afforded every opportunity to thrive and succeed. It is their story and their struggle that inspired me to do more and give back to a community that gave my family and I so much as well as to ensure that other people in the world were given those very same opportunities.
A few years ago, I was introduced to Regenerate, a charity that does wonderful work both locally in London and globally in Kenya and Romania. My volunteer work with them started off small but this little contribution made me realise I could do so much more. Last year I accompanied them to their projects in Nakuru and Nairobi in Kenya. I was exposed to the very same struggles my parents were so fortunate to escape from and got to know amazing people who devoted their lives to supporting others. One particular thing that stood out to me were the resilient, passionate and bold Kenyan women we met. Cooking with them, building with them, dancing with them and sharing stories with them made my experience there life changing. They inspired me to be better and do better.
At the end of our time in Kenya, we are asked to reflect on our time there and write a letter to someone to express our thankfulness.I wrote two, to two women I was truly thankful to know. One was Hayfa, a fellow Regenerate volunteer who despite being so young grasped every challenge, experience and moment with both hands and inspired me to do the same. The other was my mother – a formidable woman who taught me how to love, how to laugh and do everything with passion, boldness and strength. It is thanks to her that I’m the woman I am today and I can’t thank her enough.