About

As Elizabeth Andrew said, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” That heart brings me true happiness every time I get out of my busy doctoral school work to find joy through volunteering. As a Ph.D. student in Educational Leadership, my interest is: how do we use education to improve lives—the well-being of the people in rural and marginalized communities? This might involve going against the status quo; I am happy doing that. My biggest aspiration is becoming a community organizer and applying theory to practice solutions to effect asset-based sustainable community development through authentic... [more]

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Groups

  • University of Nevada, Reno

  • Student Services

  • Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful

  • The 100-Hour Challenge

  • iLeadNevada

  • ASUN / Center for Student Engagement

  • Impacts

    The 100-Hour Challenge

    From 18 December 2019 and 24 January 2020, I was able to complete 105 hours in volunteer activities in rural Tanzania (with Advocacy Tanzania, a nonprofit organization that I co-founded in Tanzania). Again, I volunteered for two main programs:

    1) The Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) Program, a village banking program where we train and build capacity of community members on financial literacy, savings strategies, small investments, and sustainable agriculture. We launched the VSLA Program in 2011 with 70 community members. Since, the VSLA Program has served over 300 community members. During this past winter break, I was focusing the training on sustainable strategies growing traditional bananas. I also emphasized the power of small savings using the 20-30-50 budgeting/saving strategy.

    2) I also continued to volunteer and spearhead the Student Success Center (SSC) Project, which we launched in the summer of 2019. The SSC Project currently provides access to free tutoring and mentoring to primary school students at one rural public school. Between May and December 2019, the SSC Project served 56 seventh grade students in math, science, English, and Kiswahili. At the end of May 2019 prior to any tutoring/mentoring sessions we tested; then we re-tested the students after a month of tutoring/mentoring at the end of June 2019, and then at the beginning of September 2019. The results are incredible. Briefly: the total class average scores increased from 54.95 on the pre-test, to 84.68 and 88.92 on the two post-tests consecutively. As one result, 50 of the 56 passed a national examination and were enrolled at a neighboring public secondary school. I was able to meet some of them this past January and they are making good progress. What is more exciting is that starting January 2020, we have expanded the SSC Project services to more students in 3-7 grades. This has been made possible by the motivation from last year and sensitization through meetings, which have risen awareness and brought up more volunteers. In addition, the 50 students from the 2019 Class are now helping out as peer tutors. Very exciting. So, over the winter I spent more time coordinating and mobilizing parents, teachers, and community leaders to garner support. I also I was overseeing the renovation of an old building (with a 2019 Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant), as well as mobilizing and educating stakeholders to establish and sustain a students' food program at the school.

    I am still constantly thinking about and looking for ways these initiatives will be sustained, improved, and expanded. Many appreciations to all community volunteers and Phi Kappa Phi for the support.

    Gave 105.00 hours between 12/19/2019 and 01/23/2020 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, Student Services, University of Nevada, Reno
    The 100-Hour Challenge

    Between the end of May and late August 2019, I was able to complete 220 hours in volunteer (with Advocacy Tanzania, a nonprofit organization that I co-founded in Tanzania). I volunteered for two main programs: 1) the Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) Program, a village banking program where I train and build capacity of community groups on financial literacy, savings strategies, small investments, and sustainable agriculture. 2) I also volunteered for the Student Success Center (SSC) Project, which we launched this summer to provide free tutoring and mentoring to primary school students at a public school. We started with 56 pupils in the seventh (7th) grade. Amazingly, we pre-tested the pupils (in math, science, English, and Kiswahili) at the end of May 2019 prior to any tutoring/mentoring sessions. In a nutshell: On June 1 we started tutoring/mentoring for at least 2 hours daily (excluding Sundays). On Saturdays, tutoring/mentoring sessions would go for up to 6 or 10 hours. We used one-on-one, small groups, peer-to-peer, and large group techniques. We also incorporated motivational talks connecting learning to real life world. We also asked parents to make sure they provided food to students since they had to stay longer at school. Most of them did. After a month of tutoring/mentoring, we tested the students again at the end of June 2019, and then at the beginning of September 2019. The results are incredible. Briefly: the total class average scores increased from 54.95 the pre-test, to 84.68 and 88.92 on the two post-tests consecutively. I am now constantly thinking about how this project will be sustained, improved, and expanded. Many appreciations to the other community volunteers who made it both possible and successful start.

    Gave 220.00 hours between 05/30/2019 and 08/17/2019 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno
    The 100-Hour Challenge

    A very rewarding volunteer experience this semester!

    Gave 3.00 hours on 05/12/2019 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space
    The 100-Hour Challenge

    I get to meet and work with truly amazing and wonderful people. That is the beauty of volunteering. It is always rewarding and fulfilling.

    Gave 4.17 hours on 05/05/2019 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space
    The 100-Hour Challenge

    "Little deeds of kindness, little words of love, Make our Earth an Eden, Like the Heaven above."

    Gave 4.67 hours on 04/28/2019 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space
    The 100-Hour Challenge

    Meeting and working with amazing people is REWARDING!

    Gave 2.00 hours on 04/21/2019 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space
    The 100-Hour Challenge

    It is very rewarding to meeting and work with amazing people.

    Gave 4.00 hours on 04/20/2019 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space
    The 100-Hour Challenge

    Our Reno community has really very good people. I always look forward to volunteering because I get to meet individuals I otherwise would never meet. I am thankful that the staff at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park have given me the opportunity to volunteer with them.

    Gave 5.00 hours on 04/14/2019 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space
    The 100-Hour Challenge

    Always rewarding

    Gave 2.00 hours on 04/07/2019 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space
    The 100-Hour Challenge

    Always rewarding

    Gave 2.00 hours on 04/06/2019 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space