Africa was an amazing experience in that I was able to visually see the immediate impact Viridian was having on the villages that we visited, and on the children who were to benefit from our sustainability trip.
I would have to say that watching the children run out of school to greet us was very touching, but when the little ones that were no more than five or six years old came and sat on our laps, that's when the reality of what we were doing truly hit me. It was and still is one of the most emotional moments of my life. Seeing the joy we were bringing to these kids—who literally have none of the luxuries that our children have—made me say to myself, “They have nothing, yet they're so happy. We should all learn from these children and be thankful for whatever we have in the U.S.”
I can’t say that breaking my foot over there and walking on it for eight days was a “positive,” but I have to say that I'm a better person from the experience, and I thank Viridian and its mission statement for allowing me to be a part of this company.
Kenya and the safaris absolutely fulfilled one of my dreams. I'm a nature-show lover, and seeing these amazing animals in their environment was electrifying. I have to say Viridian is perfect for working hard and playing harder.
My name is Frank Marone, and I am Generation V.