Director/Founder, Los ANgeles, CA
I grew up in Westlake Village, a sleepy, middle class suburb of Los Angeles. My mom was a stay at home mom and my dad worked in real estate. Our family was the typical suburban family- my sister and I played sports, studied hard and stayed out of trouble (for the most part!) After graduating highschool with honors, I attended the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and it was during my undergraduate years when I spent a semester studying abroad in New Zealand that my eyes were opened to a big, beautiful, diverse world.
Hudson Mwale, Mangochi, Malawi
I grew up in a family of 5, 2 boys & 3 girls in Nkhotakota, in the Central Region of Malawi . My parents were poor and as such they failed to send me to attain tertiary education. Nevertheless; God did not forsake me, He lifted me up and guided me to go to South Africa where I earned enough funds to return and start a business in the Mangochi District. While I was doing my business, I started working as Finance Officer for an NGO project (Assessment of Government Social Services) and as a FISH Technician (Fisheries Integration of Society and Habitats) a project that deals with environmental issues, mainly promoting sustainable and best practices of fishing in our lake bodies including Lake Malawi.
Because my parents were unable to support my secondary education due to poverty, there was conflict in my heart to see youths in Mangochi failing to attain secondary school education whose parents were in the same situation as mine. I didn't want them to be in a situation as I had in my life due to financial problem. Though Mangochi is not my original home, my passion for this community grew bigger and bigger and I wanted to find ways to help youths and elderly at risk with livelihood, education & spiritual support.
That's why I got into social work. I want my community to be transformed by receiving social services. I would like to see vulnerable youths attain secondary and tertiary education and reduce premature deaths due to malarial diseases by the provision of mosquito nets. My passion is to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, to see youths from disadvantaged families attain education so as to be responsible citizens in our community.
Over the past 5 years, my experience as a social worker with organizations that are in direct contact with the communities has enabled me to identify critical areas of community needs and to design relevant and sustainable interventions. Currently I am also studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Theology which is helping me reach children's lost souls to Jesus Christ through child evangelism.