A favorite overarching theme I experienced with the people and their culture was the sense of community and their holistic ways of thinking and doing. Being welcomed into Saku Saku to teach lessons and being welcomed by the community at large – welcome ceremonies, home visits, birthday celebrations, the introduction ceremony and creating bonds with people in the village just through playing a game of netball every evening was truly remarkable. These experiences exposed me to a different way of thinking and shed light on things I may not have thought of otherwise. Through my experiences, I met some of the most inspiring and altruistic individuals that I am now lucky to call my friends.
AAH works with local community members to promote the growth of self-sustaining and vibrant communities. We seek opportunities to develop and reinvest the skills and expertise of AAH graduates, staff, and community members back into the local communities. In addition to AAH’s positive impact on the local economy, we support local women’s microfinance programs. We plan to expand our community development to sustainable agriculture programs and to small and micro-enterprises.