Transitioning to a better Future
From, Sticks to Bricks into MaasaiFriends4Good, Kressa Sisu realized her vision of a better world with Enterprise4Good.
Sticks to Bricks started as spiritual centre in Victoria, fundraising for a brick maker to build a school in Tanzania, and has now become part of a non-profit organization that’s impacted many lives in Africa. Sisu has gone 7 times within the last 5 years to Makuyuni Tanzania, Africa; changing lives around her along with her own.
“My heart has opened so much more,” said Sisu.
“In leading 2 groups, nobody [has] come back the same [as they were].”
Working as a flight attendant with WestJet, she saved up trips to travel to Makuyuni. She says that the connections made have formed a family bond between her and the village people.
Clamian, is the translator for Sisu and Friends4Good. He is the main contact person for the village along with being a fierce advocate for his people. Clamian is one of the few people in the village who went to school. He carried it out into higher education where he said that it took him about four years to even understand English. He has formed a working bond with Sisu and often uses Skype to ask her when she’s coming “home.”
“I’m on purpose,” says Sisu, talking about how the initiative has always been her goal.
Sisu knew she wanted to volunteer making a difference. She decided to make her dreams a reality and in doing so has given herself a source of constant happiness.
“I’m doing what my heart and soul want me to do.”
One of her, and the Makuyuni people’s biggest goal is increasing access to quality education.
Sitting in lectures and observing classes for children in Makuyuni, Africa, Sisu says education children are receiving is extremely poor. According to Sisu, the government schools are overcrowded and children are given very limited access to resources.
Sometimes, Sisu says there are 116 children in one classroom with no books. She says the learning is very dismal and they don’t learn in a language they understand.
“One of the challenges for our kids is that they go to school and they don’t understand anything because they speak Maa not Swahili.”
“I’m doing what my heart and
soul want me to do.”
The African school system within the village has the children begin education in Swahili where Maasai people have only known their village language, Maa. Through elementary and middle schools, Swahili becomes the main language up until the time of high school. High school and on, English is the new main language with no transition period for students.
Slowly education has improved in Makuyuni for the children but there is still work to be done. Kressa Sisu and many other volunteers have committed themselves to build schools for the children of Makuyuni.