MANIFESTING YOUR DREAMS - KENYA 2016 / by Monique Pantel

I love to journal. And I really wish I did it more often. A lot of the things I seem to dream and write down somehow come to life, or manifest. 

But really. Five years ago I was switching lanes in my education. I wrote down how I was feeling, and more importantly what I'd like to really be doing at the end of my formal education. University, then college. 

So I wrote in detail that I'd like to be documenting life. Humanity. Things that are greater than me. I guess I inadvertently feel a bigger purpose when I do that. 

And here I am, back from working for 3 weeks shooting for an NGO in Kenya - K.I.D.S. Initiative.

I have so many stories. So many experiences to share. It's a bit overwhelming to be honest. 

I wanted to share a few of my favourite images and a short little recap video with you guys.

One of the best things about going to Kenya was becoming such great friends with the woman who started the organization, Cat Ross. I guess more like bffs. Seriously. We didn't leave each other's side for 3 weeks. Sleep, eat, all of it. 24 hrs a day X 3 weeks guys. AND we travelled internationally together. If that isn't a relationship tester, I don't know what is. 

I honestly could go on and on about her. Okay, let me really quick.... lol

She's the recipient of many awards and accolades for her work in Kenya - but she'll never tell you that. Cat is grounded, humble and works so hard. She's dedicated and on occasion would share the kind of sacrifices she's had to make, in order to advance the KIDS Initiative Organization. Ross was inspired during her first trip to the African country and returned home with a mission to make the world a better place. Her heart was in Kenya and it's clear by just talking with Cat, that that's where her heart will remain. But beyond all of the hours and blood/sweat/tears she pours into this cause - I just love how freaking humble she is. Anytime I see her receive a compliment, she immediately praises the KIDS Initiative Board of Directors. She's grateful and I can't think of a single more amazing quality for a human to have.

I'm so grateful for the experience. Having visited the IDP Refugee Camps in rural Kenya, spending time in Kibera (Africa's biggest slum, the world's second largest slum), playing with kids at Primary Schools and getting to know the people of Kenya, I really hope to return again.

I guess I'm going to keep journaling and being super clear with my dreams. Turns out they come true :-)

If you'd like to support KIDS Initiative, you can find more information here: http://kidsinitiative.ca/

If you'd like to attend their upcoming gala dinner you can purchase tickets here:  http://kidsinitiative.ca/tickets-crossing-plains/

XO + lots of love

M