Kennedy Mmari, 25 from Tanzania, volunteered with Raleigh ICS in the summer of 2013 on a water and sanitation project. The main focus of the team’s work was to conduct surveys about water-borne diseases and build latrines for local schools as well as delivering awareness raising sessions about HIV and Aids.
Since completing his placement, Kennedy has set up school clubs and become the Chairperson of Raleigh's Tanzania Youth Society. Kennedy was on the organising committee of the ICS alumni event recently hosted in Tanzania in partnership with other ICS agencies and alumni. As the Chairperson of the Youth Society, Kennedy will use this platform to share the learning and experience of the Youth Summit in London with other members of the society and its networks.
“Before the ICS programme I was studying at high school, but at the same time I was volunteering with the United Nations at a training centre for development cooperation in Eastern and Southern Africa, GNRC-Africa and many other youth-related NGOs.
“I applied for ICS because I needed to grow as a person and experience things on the ground. I was passionate about community development and implementing change in the most vulnerable and impoverished communities in Tanzania. ICS changes the lives of the communities that the projects are taking place in as well as the individuals who participate in the programme. I have grown as a person and I can now talk about real world experience in more detail and understanding.”