Every day in office is different and invigorating and this past week has kept me on my toes. MPowerNOW has a couple projects and working on them is very inspiring and exciting. My name is Mahrusah and I am the new intern at MPowerNOW. I met Ms. Donna Rohling at Emory and was absolutely inspired by the work she was doing through MPowerNOW and knew I had to be a part of the team.
Our Wednesdays are especially exhilarating as this day is dedicated to our local homeless project. The Bankhead Service Station provides necessities to the homeless in the area. So we start the day by taking inventory of the supplies that we have in stock and make note of the items we need. We buy the necessary items which we then categorize into the different boxes. By the time the labeled boxes go into the car it is time to go to the service stations! I was not sure what to expect on location, but my concerns were for no reason.
The people in Bankhead were extremely friendly. When they saw a new face, they asked me about my history, where I was from and how I had gotten involved in this project. They hugged us all and updated us on their lives and on their friends’ lives. They told us about their friend Tiger, who was part of their community, who had gone back home to Oklahoma and gained successful employment. They thanked us multiple times for coming out to support them. They were so kind and grateful and open to sharing their stories with us, and their warmth put me at ease.
Click here to view some pictures from the Bankhead Service Station.
Thursdays are just as exciting as the day before. Our focus shifts a little to our international project in Kenya. We start the day with a Skype meeting in the morning with the G-Thamini team in Mukuru, Nairobi. We discuss the progress of the different programs and their passion and dedication just shines through all the time. The children love them, the teachers love them, and we love them! We all leave the meeting each time feeling even more inspired and ready to help the team continue their amazing work.
Click here to view some pictures from the programs in Kenya.
This internship has already been much more than what I expected and I am excited about the coming weeks. Be sure to keep up with MPowerNOW by subscribing to our RSS Feed.