All volunteers are supported by ME to WE travel facilitators. ME to WE welcomes participants of all ages and fitness levels.
All participants are encouraged to work at their own pace No previous experience is necessary.
The Maasai, Kipsigis and Kisii communities face significant challenges, which threaten the
survival of their vibrant cultures. The Maasailand region specifically has the highest primary school drop-out rate in the country, which is a direct result of poor educational facilities and resources, the need for children to tend to cattle and goats and the lack of quality health services.
There are plenty of things you can do to get involved! Traveling to the community in Kenya is just one way to help out. To support this cause without leaving your own community, you can do one of the following things:
Purchase a ME to WE and Call It Spring accessory either in your local Call It Spring store or online at www.callitspring.com/metowe
Spread awareness by telling your friends and family about the initiative either in person or on social media with the hashtag #WECallItChange
Participate in your local community by volunteering your time.
Success for WE Charity is when people no longer need charity.
WE Charity empowers people to be partners in identifying challenges that are barriers to transformation, to help them implement solutions, and then to educate and empower them so they can be independent.
That is WE Charity’s definition of sustainable development.
Trip participants volunteer alongside community members. Whether it’s helping to lay the foundation for a new school, or planting crops or digging trenches for water systems, they contribute towards the goals of WE Charity’s sustainable development model. Sustainability and community ownership is the goal of all of WE Charity’s development projects. WE Charity strives to leave after five years, when the community takes ownership over the maintenance and sustainability of these projects.
Participants are asked not to bring donations or gifts because the goal is to empower communities to be independent through sustainable development work. WE believes in giving a helping hand, not a hand-out.
WE Charity’s sustainable development model is not about implementing stop-gap measures and temporary fixes.
Work is carried out all year by local contractors and construction workers who WE Charity employs. Work schedules and logistics are overseen by on-the-ground, local staff who ensure projects run smoothly and donations are being used effectively in communities that need them most.
Furthermore, participants’ volunteer efforts help pre-planned projects move along more quickly.
No, they do not. In fact, WE Charity’s sustainable development model creates local jobs.
The main objective of WE Charity’s model is to ensure sustainable development. WE Charity empowers local community members to become key contributors to the health of their community. With WE Charity, they find jobs as engineers, project managers, supervisors, support staff, among many other roles—all in communities where work is incredibly difficult to find.
ME to WE Trip participants volunteer on pre-planned projects. They volunteer alongside community members and paid local WE Charity employees. Participants’ efforts do not determine which projects we start or work on, rather they get projects completed more quickly. WE Charity employs many local people who work on its projects year round, both when trip participants are on and off-site.
ME to WE is committed to reducing our ecological footprint as much as possible.
They offset the carbon footprint of each trip by growing organic produce in local gardens. They also have a tree nursery program, which supports reforestation projects.
Since 2008, ME to WE has planted almost 700,000 trees and saved almost 40,000 pounds of pesticide.
In addition, WE Charity ensures all development projects that are part of its sustainable development model take environmental sustainability into account.
All the volunteering that participants do on ME to WE Trips supports our charity partner, WE Charity’s sustainable development model.
WE Charity ensures development projects are driven by the community’s needs. Because community leaders and members are engaged in every step of the development work, they are proud, equal partners in our sustainable initiatives.
Sustainability and community ownership is the goal of all of WE Charity’s development projects. WE Charity strives to leave after five years, when the community takes ownership over the maintenance and sustainability of these projects.
The community’s priorities drive the volunteer efforts. Volunteers help accelerate the implementation of WE Charity’s initiatives, which benefit everyone.
Voluntourism is a term that refers to travel which includes volunteering for a charitable cause.
While ME to WE trips are overseas and have a volunteer component, they are vastly different from most “voluntourism” experiences.
ME to WE Trips empower socially conscious travelers to make an impact in the very communities where their charity partner, WE Charity, has a 20-year history of sustainable development, working with community leaders and members in a true partnership.
ME to WE Trip participants get a first-hand look at WE Charity’s sustainable development model and make a hands-on contribution to its legacy of community-building.
On ME to WE Trips, participants volunteer alongside community members on projects that support one of the five core pillars of WE Villages: Education, Water, Health, Food, or Opportunity.
These five pillars are designed to provide sustainable solutions and empower communities to be active participants in their transformation, and ensure their sustained well-being. Trip participants volunteer alongside community members and learn about sustainable development from this partnership.
Again, all volunteer efforts are driven by the community’s needs.
Community leaders and members are empowered equal partners in WE Charity’s development work. They welcome trip participants’ volunteer contributions, and recognize the value for everyone in the cultural exchange, connections made and opportunity to work together on sustainable development projects.
ME to WE Trips are guided by highly trained and experienced facilitators. They provide participants with leadership training, skill-building workshops and help them develop action plans. When participants return home, they then have the tools to take action on social causes as well as a deeper understanding of sustainability and development issues.
ME to WE accessories are handmade by Maasai Mamas in Kenya. They are beaded using traditional skills passed down through generations.
Each accessory created:
·Represents Education, an important Pillar of Impact
·Celebrates heritage art forms
·Provides the Mamas with a fair and sustainable income – women are paid 2.2x more than what is considered a fair wage by the B lab, (a non-profit organization that assesses companies against rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency)
·Empowers women to further their journeys as respected voices within their communities
WE Communities Pillar
School supplies for a child
How are WE providing access to this impact?
With every purchase of a ME to WE bracelet, you'll provide school supplies to a student at 1 of the 10 classrooms in Kenya that we're helping build.
When you choose EDUCATION, you help build schools and provide the essentials for students to learn. WE builds schools to last with members from the community using local materials. WE works with communities and government to ensure the schools are sustainable and accessible in the long-term.
WE has been in the changing-the-world business for more than 20 years and we know it requires a collaborative effort. The Track Your Impact program is part of the WE family of organizations. Your impact stays in the family from purchase to delivery – our organization collect the funds and deliver the projects your impact created. We know the change you’ve made because WE delivered that change ourselves.
Every impact is delivered by our experienced WE teams. We employ local staff familiar with the unique needs and challenges of each community in which we work. This means that every project your impact is supporting is needed and wanted, and is part of transformational change.
Designed to meet the basic needs of developing communities, WE Villages is an international development model made up of five pillars crucial to community development:
Sustainability is the goal of all WE Villages’ projects. We work closely with the government to ensure that local community members have real ownership over each WE Villages education project. Community members are involved in each project, helping to construct a school, digging for a water project and more.
Call It Spring and ME to WE are planning to build 10 schools in the Narok community in Kenya.
The community currently lacks physical buildings to house students. The aim is to build enough space to house all school aged children in the community.