July 18, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 28
Kylee Searle, ISU volleyball player, recently returned from a community service trip to Africa. She spent two and a half weeks in Kenya with 17 other volunteers doing community service work for kids through the Reach the Children foundation. The first week the volunteer group did their work in a city called Chyulu and the second week they worked in Western Kenya.
"We taught the kids in schools about hygiene, painted hospital rooms, taught in the hospitals and worked with the patients there as well," said Searle. "We also did some tree harvesting, where we planted trees at schools and some of the kids houses, and we had time to play with kids after working in the orphanages."
Spending every day with the same families and children for weeks at a time allowed Searle to become close with many of the children. Also, spending extra time with children after working gave her the opportunity to get to know the children on a deeper level.
"The kids were very easy to get close to and become attached. At the schools after we were done teaching we were able to play with them and get to know them. Many of the kids in the orphanages were younger so it's usually hard for them to get the attention that they need. So the kids just clung to us," Searle said.
In her short time there not only did Searle build bonds with the children she also built strong relationships with many of the other volunteers.
"That's what happens when you spend 24/7 of your time with the same people," said Searle. "It was a lot of fun. I became really close with a lot of the girls on the trip and got to know them really well."
The living conditions for many of the children in the orphanages were rough. While being there Searle says she became more appreciative of the things she does have at home.
"We tend to not appreciate the things we have. The trip makes me want to work harder for things and the upcoming season and not to take anything for granted that comes my way," said Searle. "Be thankful I have what I have and give my all everyday because I only have four years to play volleyball at ISU."
There was one specific orphanage where Searle helped out and there were 35 kids ranging from ages 2 months old to 5 years old. There were only six women in the orphanage to monitor the children. These women and children appreciated their help and assistance.
"It was amazing to me to see how much time these women would give to these kids and how unselfish they were. Because all of their time everyday is directed towards these kids so seeing that was something that stuck with me the most," Searle said.
While being in Africa Searle had the opportunity to see a lot of Kenya. The cities that the foundation visited were nine hours apart. During the long drives she was able to see much of the country.
"We got the chance to go on a safari and to visit other villages," Searle said. "Riding through Western Kenya was beautiful. Because it rained so much it was really green."
Searle really enjoyed her trip and is thankful to be given the opportunity to visit Kenya and to have been a benefit to the Reach the Children foundation and the children who needed it the most.
"I would love to do this again. I don't know when the opportunity would come where I could, but I would do it again in a second," Searle said.
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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., Eastern Idaho section's "Brew with the Crew" monthly informal seminar July 21, 4:30 p.m. at the Zone, 1505 W. Broadway in Idaho Falls.
This month's topic is "Wolves and Spiders in the Control Room: What Foraging Theory Tells Us About Control Room Operators" and the guest speaker is Ron Boring of the Idaho National Laboratory.
Boring is a human factors scientist at the INL specializing in human reliability modeling and design for digital control room upgrades.
Light hors d'oeuvres are provided and drinks can be ordered from the menu.
IEEE members make plans to join your colleagues for the July informal technical seminar series event "Brew with the Crew*" organized by the INL's Instrumentation, Controls and Intelligent Systems (ICIS) Distinctive Signature, the Eastern Idaho Section of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Idaho Falls branch of the International Society of Automation (ISA).