Probably one of the most memorable times in Africa for me was when the kids ran up to the merry-go-round after we finished the assembly.
At least 50 kids jumped on it and for a moment I thought, “Wow! Wait till they see what is in store for them as they’re burning their energy spinning that wonderful school-ground ride.” There was something magical happening.
All that feisty energy was being stored in a massive battery in the classroom where the children can go and plug in rechargeable LED lanterns, so that they can take them home and study at night. The teachers would now also be able to complete assignments for the next school day. (Then I paused and thought, “homework.” Maybe next time we go to that village the school kids won’t be too happy. LOL!)
The “after-party,” as I called it, was truly memorable because I got to spend time with my peers in the African wilderness. We viewed the most amazing things like massive elephants, giraffes, and on and on.
The whole experience from beginning to end was a range of different emotions, from sadness, happiness, wonder, worry and laughter. I'm blessed to be a part of Generation V!
My name is Ralph Malek, and I am Generation V.