Giving back

Thursday, 22 August 2013

I will admit that I am a materialistic girl. I love to possess things whether they be beauty products, clothes or technology and I love to spend my hard earned money (contributing to the economy is what I call it!). But every few years it is time to do actually do some good in the world and stop complaining. It is so tempting to spend my money on leisurely holidays, but I think we all need to take a step back from the first world every now and then, breathe and appreciate what we already have.


My first mission trip was about 6 years ago when I went with my school ACS (International) to Chiangmai to build a new school. It was an eye opening experience for me and I didn't want to go home. Contrary to what I expected, the villagers were so happy and they possessed next to nothing. They lived in simple wooden houses and farmed and took care of the children all day. I remember we slept about 7 girls to each room on the floor and there was 1 toilet for the whole house/hut. The locals were just happy to have us there helping them out! I won't lie, it was fairly hard manual labour, but it was so enjoyable and satisfying for the soul.

I do not give money to charity funds as I have no way of knowing precisely where it's going- plus these people might not need our help at all. Often us first worlders think all developing places need our help due to media portrayal (sad children surrounded by flies looking pitifully up at the camera... ring a bell?) and give money because it makes us feel better about ourselves. That's why I do mission trips. Raising money and traveling to another country and dedicating your time and energy to a community that is actually in need is something else entirely.


In December I will be traveling to Ganesh Secondary school, Mahendra Jyoti, Nepal. Primary education in government schools is free in Nepal, however, due to minimal funding, many of the government schools are in poor physical shape and are severely under resourced. The Government of Nepal offers funding that is predominantly spent on teacher’s salaries and any additional resources for the school must be paid for by villages who already suffer financial hardship. As a result, a large number of schools do not have the necessary means to maintain or improve infrastructure required to provide their students with a holistic environment for education.

Yanto and I will be traveling with a team of young people from WA to help with the outfitting of classrooms and infrastructure and need to raise $20,000 for the resources. If you would like to donate, please click here, and you can be sure your money will be well spent. My name is listed there as Kim Lye :)

Aside from working hard, I am also looking forward to the beautiful scenery and going trekking in the mountains! Nepal looks like a beautiful country, this is what comes up when you Google Nepal, I'm practically shaking with excitement when I look at the pictures.

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I also came up with our team logo and design, one of the only times my two years of graphic design education paid off! Haha, I thought I'd have to work on it a lot more, but the team really liked my original, so there you go :)

Nepal blue

After Nepal, Yanto and I are flying to Japan. It has been both of our dreams to go to Japan for years and I can predict I'm going to start crying once I'm there. Finances will be a struggle, but I'm hoping we can attract some luck and fortune in our lives in the time leading up to then.
Sorry for the wordy post, but this is something I really believe in and want to share!



  1. Hi Kine!
    I've only just started following your blog but this post is absolutely gorgeous. Good on you for getting out there and doing your bit of good for the world. What was it that Gandhi said? "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others". I hope you have an amazing trip :)

  2. I forgot to ask, but how did you find/hear about the mission group? I have an interest in it, but don't know where to start.
    Thanks :D

  3. One more thing (...I really need to think before I click post)

    BUT FRIGGIN LOVE YOUR DESIGN! Its so kickass adorable :D :D

  4. Thank you so much Nhi! Your comments mean a lot to me :)
    I found out about this mission trip through Yanto's church- this particular one is affiliated with ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency). The church has a few mission trips organised a year and they welcome anyone along, you don't have to be religious! (I'm not religious). If you go to Uni they also have opportunities to go on mission/conservation trips- you just have to look out for the flyers! :) Hope this helps and I totally recommend going on one- you will come back with a whole new outlook on life.

    And do you mean my banner? I drew that with some pens one day hehe! :P