Meet The Colleagues
In the Mamelodi township of South Africa, where most residents live in temporary housing without electricity or running water, Richard Kelley (‘11) was surprised and humbled to be met by smiles and eagerness to connect. Serving on a fellowship, he gathered input from schools, churches, the U.S. embassy and the University of Pretoria and started coordinating programs in computer literacy, a young men’s group and a sports initiative. “I’m especially bad at sports,” Richard shrugs, “but that’s what happens when you ask for input.” Program involvement spread rapidly. Over 100 students participated in a high school prep course, and 200 attended summer programs taught by foreign and local college students. Richard told the KF, “I learn from my teens every day. To see their passion and wonder reignites my own. My understanding of the world and of God’s majesty is growing daily.” Toward the end of the year, Richard started handing off responsibilities. “The Krista Foundation’s Staying for Tea principles reminded me that leaving, though painful, was actually a good thing so that local leaders carry this project forward for their community.” Now back in the U.S. and on faculty with the School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington, D.C., Richard is eager to integrate his service experiences alongside other Krista Colleague leaders. He notes, “The lessons learned in the field will shape who I am for many years to come.”
Kendra's Service Bio
My focus was in rural health teaching basic hygiene, family planning, nutrition, cooking, and dental hygiene. I worked with small community banks and helped to start a small business that are still sustaining themselves today.
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