Megan Andersen is an 8th grade student at Kalispell Middle School with more than a casual interest in Africa. When she was younger, her aunt ventured to Mozambique to join the peace corps and returned with a new husband; Megan’s uncle. Megan’s uncle had many stories about growing up in Africa that really gave some perspective on socio-economic differences between different parts of the world. Stories from Megan’s uncle impressed upon her a desire to help these communities. Growing up in Africa brought an entirely different set of challenges to children there. Walking to school in the morning, students often had to be careful avoiding lions, and if students elected to join the basketball team, players were in for a walk of many miles before and after each game. “You don’t find small change or pencils on the ground in Africa,” Megan shared, “in fact, if you show up with a pencil the first day of school you would be considered very prepared.”
In her quest to reach out and help students there, Megan began collecting funds from classmates (change from lunch, etc.) raising $470.76 to donate toward projects through Heifer International. These projects have ranged from digging wells to purchasing sheep, bees, saplings, and goats.