Please meet Karleen! She's one of our new Craftsy co-workers, and as you're about to learn: she's pretty awesome. So awesome in fact, that she's going all the way to Africa (specifically Rwanda) to help build homes. As if that wasn't enough, she wants to go the extra mile and bring hats and blankets to help the children make it through the rainy season.
I had a chance to sit down with Karleen to learn more about her trip, ask about giraffe-riding (first thing I would think to do), and find out how she likes it here at Craftsy. She also told me how you---yes: you, dear reader---can help her help others! Our interview is below.
So tell us about your trip to Africa. And where in Africa are you headed?
This May, I'll be heading with a team of 10 to a village outside Kigali, Rwanda. We'll be visiting a remote village where resources are very scarce, and beginning the process of building homes for the 88 families living in the village. We'll also be bringing food and other supplies along with us to provide the families with some basic necessities.
We understand you're looking for donations. But not the monetary kind. So what is it exactly that you're looking for people to give?
The children of the village are in dire need of basic necessities like clothing to help bring them through a rough rainy season. Our team would love the help of the Craftsy community in bringing knit hats and quilted blankets overseas with us to distribute to the children and families we meet there.
Traveling that far; that's certainly above and beyond when it comes to helping others. Have you been on trips like this before, or is this your first one?
This is my first trip of this kind, though I've been hoping to take a relief trip to Africa for some time. I am incredibly excited about this opportunity! We will also be experiencing a whole new way of life for two weeks, as we'll be living the way the villagers live. Sleeping in huts with no running water or electricity will definitely be a challenge!
What inspires you to help people?
I think what is so great about modern technology with computers, internet, and smart phones is that it allows us to be connected with a global community. Which means that even people as far away as Africa are our neighbors and members of our community, and we are much more informed about their needs. I am just excited to be able to help out a neighbor or two!
Aside from seeing smiles, what else are you looking forward to seeing while you're out there? Plan on riding any giraffes?
Giraffe-riding sounds a little sketchy to me, but I'd give it a shot! I'm mostly excited to see the picturesque countryside in person. In all the photos I have seen, Rwanda is a gorgeous country!
Finally, you're new to the Craftsy team. How do you like it here? And be honest, am I your favorite co-worker? I am, aren't I?
Well I love Craftsy, but as for you David....Just kidding, you are great and so are the rest of the talented people of the Craftsy team! There is plenty of knowledge and inspiration floating around here, and I'm looking forward to soaking it all up!
Thanks, Karleen and godspeed!
Help Karleen help others! Send blankets and hats to her here at Craftsy, so she can take them with her on her journey. Please send us your donations so they arrive by May 15th, and address them to:
Karleen Is Caring
2150 West 29th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211