Mungai’s Outdoor Retreat

Sam Mungai, Columnist •


Sam Mungai

It’s getting to that best time in the semester, where we can all put off all the homework assignments, endless essays and say hello to good, old fall break. Yes, indeed, fall break is just around the corner, and 100 percent of all students are looking forward to get some well-deserved rest.

While the majority of people will be going home or to some exotic destination, some students and professors from The Appalachian Center take time during this fall break to assist an organization that helps people who are living in tough conditions in some parts of the United States.

One of the most famous organizations that Appalachian center likes working with is the Habitat for Humanity in Charlotte, North Carolina. Habitat for Humanity is a non-governmental, non-profit that is based in different parts of the United States. The organization’s main goal is to provide affordable housing for people who are unable to buy their own house–this is done by working with the homeowner and other specialists in the field.

Last year, five students accompanied by two chaperones from the Appalachian

Center had the opportunity to work with habitat for humanity in Charlotte, North Carolina, during the fall break. I just so happened to be one of those students. Upon departure from Emory & Henry, we had no idea what type of task that Habitat for Humanity had installed for us, but I can tell you one thing, the anticipation was killing us!

After a night’s rest and some good, old rustic breakfast at our Center of Accommodation, we went to the worksite where we found out that we would be help- ing to construct the roof as well as the bottom part of the house. The majority of people worked on the bot- tom part of the house whilst, some braves souls (me, chaperon and one other student), took the challenge to con- struct the entire roof. During the course of the few days we were at the worksite, we learned a lot more about the influence that Habitat has on the community as well as more about the homeowner (Bonnie). We shared end- less funny moments with the workers on site as well as together as a group. Going for bowing, the evening reflections, and games were just some of the many moments that will forever remain in our memories for years to come.

At the end of the trip, we were all elated with sadness because we each knew the huge impact we had made on Bonnie’s life. If we all looked forward a few years from now and drove by Bonnie’s house, I can imagine we would all feel satisfaction deep inside. To conclude, I totally encourage everyone in the Emory & Henry community to take advantage of these intentional fall and spring break trips, they will change your perspective of many aspects of service, and you will make long lasting memories with the great people.

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