Over the years, Kiwanians around the world have shared stories of service they've done in Africa. Like Pat Kiroff from Michigan and her quest to send dolls for comfort. Or Michael Hert, a Wisconsin native serving in Djibouti as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve whose club has helped him bring smiles to the faces of children halfway around the world. And the Kiwanis Club of Weinfelden, Switzerland, whose Charity Classic has fundraised for schools and medical facilities in Zimbabwe.
Africa’s position in the international arena is changing. During the first decade of this millennium, six of the 10 fastest growing economies were part of the African continent. However, the continent’s need for volunteerism and community service to support the worst off remains.
That’s why Kiwanis International is seeking to identify other members who are actively involved in Africa—whether to serve or as a result of personal or business connections. If you or anyone you know has a connection to share with us, please answer a few questions. Kiwanis wishes to learn about the country/countries you frequent, the type of connections you have and your interest in Kiwanis service on the continent.
The information collected will be used to identify where we might be able to expand Kiwanis’ reach—whether that means a Kiwanis club somewhere in the world organizes a project to meet a need, or a group of Kiwanians comes together to open another club on the continent. Anything reported about current projects may also be considered for use in a Kiwanis International publication. — Courtney Meyer