19th May 2016: Breanna Johns, a 21 year old girl from Kirkland in Washington is on a volunteering spree; and she’s doing it all by herself. Johns, who has recently graduated from Bellevue College, was in the middle of going to nursing school when she felt this need to find herself as a person. “Volunteer work is an indescribable fulfillment. And what better way to learn about myself than by helping others and falling in love with the world.”, says Breanna who has recently finished her 9 long weeks of volunteering in Philippines.
She got placed under the Public Health Nutrition Program through Volunteering Solutions, an international volunteer match organization, where she utilized her creative skills to develop the community center. Not only did she managed to raise close to $1000 for her volunteer program, but also put the funds for the most appropriate use. Along with the help of local support, she managed to refurbish the entire nutrition center, giving it a fresh and classy look. She also created an entirely new library for kids where they can visit to not only read, but have a lot of fun and play.
When asked about her experience of volunteering in Philippines with Volunteering Solutions, this is what she had to say;
“VFV was kind enough to take time out of their day to help me repaint the nutrition center. I also got amazing support from Volunteering Solutions on my journey and my fundraiser to rebuild the center. The children and families of San Joaquin were there everyday to help me. I appreciate the efforts of everyone who pitched in. I’m only one person who happened to be here. All the money and support I owe a big thank you to my friends and family.”
Breanna is, now, looking forward to her next sojourn; Nepal. She will be working at an orphanage center in Kathmandu for 11 weeks, and is extremely excited about it. You can read more about the work she will be doing in Nepal, here.
Image credits: Breanna Johns working for the development of the center