I did my work experience for Shamas Rugby Foundation in March of 2018. I decided to do my
work experience there because for one I looked up to my rugby coaches very much and I
wanted to see how they impacted the lives of so many children and families as they impacted a
lot of students at ISK.
Here is a brief over view of my reflection and first day from my work experience;
For my work experience I decided to work at the Shamas Rugby Foundation. The Shamas Rugby
Foundation is a non profit organization that used the sport of rugby and its founding values to
bring social change to children and youth living in urban slums in Nairobi, Kenya.
I worked in many different sectors such as the social work, I worked with a photographer in the
field and sorting donations to give out to each of the developments. The slums they work with
are Mathare, Kibera, BTL and Kangemi and help them live a more sustainable life, get a better
education, and to enhance their opportunities of getting jobs and a better life in the future, but
also using rugby as a way to let them firstly enjoy and learn the game, give them a career choice
in rugby but also to let them make decisions and seeing how the use of sports impacts them.
Using scrums and tries to change lives.
For my first day I arrived at school to meet my mentors, they are also the Rugby Coaches at ISK.
We firstly went to pick up a photographer who was working as a volunteer for a couple of months
with Shamas Rugby. When we arrived at the office, I was introduced to everyone there and set
straight to work. My first job was to sort through donations which came from mostly abroad. I
sorted through all kinds of donations including, boots, shirts, winter jackets, raincoats everything.
It all had to be split evenly between what could go to the children and what we could provide for
the coaches as well.
Later we went to lunch at Open house to discuss this new accelerator that they were launching
for a project where they had to raise $5000 in three weeks. We held a meeting for around 4 hours
to come to a final decision to promote the Global Accelerator.
My impressions of the projects that I was involved in were truly inspiring. I’m so thankful that I
got to work so closely and I got to go out in the field and understand more as to what they do
instead of having it read and described to me. Overall I was very happy that I chose to work here
for a week. I got to meet new people who wanted to change the world but also were there to
make themselves have opportunities in the sporting world but also in other aspects. This was an
amazing experience and recommended to anyone wanting to help out in the community but also
for a better understanding of the struggles that we are not told about and how people dedicate
themselves to helping others which is not seen as much now. Thank you to Edoardo and Priscah
for giving me the opportunity to work beside them.