Local youth travels to India to lend a hand


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‘Me to We is trying to empower the women, to be able to sustain themselves, by providing education and resources to help them’

Kevin McBain
of The Clarion

“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference,” said Nelson Mandela.

Being one person in a world so big may be overwhelming, but if you try to make a difference, if you do your best, if you do one thing that affects someone in some positive way, you have made a difference. Whether it affects one person or a group of people, you have accomplished something.

Shayla starting the water walk. Some women can carry up to six of the water bowls on their head without using their hands

Kindersley’s Shayla Olafson is using her talent and skills to make that difference.

She recently returned from a Me to We group trip to India – her third Me to We working trip in the last two years. The trip encompassed 18 days: she left Calgary on July 21 and returned on Aug. 7.

She travelled from Calgary to Toronto, where they met as a group of 26 (including five advisers) before heading to India.

Shayla spent 22 hours in the air before finally landing in the city of Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan.

“Me to We followed up with me after the Dominican trip to see how things went and see if I wanted to go on another,” she said. “It was a choice between going on another trip to either China or India, or going to a Me to We facilitation camp.

For more on this story, please see the Aug. 23 print edition of The Clarion.

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