Kenya Sustainable Village Project (KSVP) is a student run service organization at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. Each year, KSVP fundraises and travels to Nyumbani Village to learn about the Village’s sustainability and social programs and execute projects. Group founder Anna Dausman, William & Mary ’12, graciously agreed to answer our questions about the motivation behind KSVP and its early years.
What motivated the creation of the program?
When was the first trip to Nyumbani Village?
The first trip was January 2012 (at which point I’d been to Nyumbani three times). We didn’t have formal sponsorship from the university, so we went on our own – accompanied by Kenya Educational Service Trips, led by Lloydie Zaiser. For a first year of the service trip, it was hugely helpful to have all of our itinerary taken care of. The next year that students came to the Village (2013), I was actually living and volunteering in the Village (had been for about 2 months at that point) and I got to coordinate some of their service projects – like doing some touch-up painting on the back of the Social Hall, helping the agricultural department in the fields, working in agroprocessing, and supporting the social workers in the Homecare Department.
Thank you to Anna for sharing the story of KSVP and its founding!
Tune in next week for part two of our KSVP spotlight; full of current initiatives, recent pictures and a summary of their most recent trip to Nyumbani Village!