I was a very different person in 2012 than I am today. I was self-centered, focused on sports, school, and fun, and did not have any vision for anyone outside of my immediate family (let alone another country). I was asked to go on a charity trip in 2012 to Kenya, and I thought to myself, “Score! This will look great on a resume.” Not once did I think about the cause or the people that I was going to go immerse my life in for the next two weeks. I thought I was going to go make these people's day; however, they actually ended up making my life.
I spent the next two weeks falling in love with over 250 children at Tumaini Children’s Home in Nyeri, Kenya who ended up becoming my family. My passion found me at the end of those two weeks when my newfound little brother, David, jumped into my arms crying, and begged me not to go. I promised that I would come back, but I wasn’t going to come back as just a bystander. The story started with family, and the story is that of family. I believe this is also embodied in this quote: "People were created to be loved, and things were created to be used. I believe that the reason the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used." What better way to love people than to empower them?
When I returned, I found a home at Chapman University. As I looked back at my time in Kenya, I saw that hygiene was such a problem for the kids there, and it caused them so many avoidable health issues. So, I started making soap in my dorm room with some buddies (that’s what everyone does in college, right?) and came up with the H2H model. Kenya is also where I met my right-hand-man, Hezron, who has grown to be my best friend, my idol, my brother, and my business partner. Hezron and I have been working tirelessly to make sustainability and empowerment the norm in charity work. Hygiene is the vehicle, sustainability is the destination.
I reflect on everything I have done in the last few years, and I attribute it all to those first two weeks that I spent in Kenya. Thanks to those two weeks, my team and I have now started an incredible fight. The fight for sustainability, development, and human empowerment. Health 2 Humanity has started its “Fight Against Giving”.