HS student follows passion for alleviating poverty
Sato, a new member of the HOPE Service Club in 2016, found a meaningful connection to the work her group was doing. The Club works with HOPE Development Agency here in Japan to support a community in rural Cambodia. The students work in the community to build houses or schools, and here in Japan to raise goods and funds for the community. The rewards of that work led Sato to a summer internship at the HOPE office in Tokyo. She comments, "I was able to learn a lot of new things every day, and for me, it was a really good experience. Before I went there, I thought of poverty as something very distant and far away from me as I only had some vague ideas. But as I started to do my internship, I was able to get a better idea of it and how even a water well or a school can help families to break the poverty cycle. This also made me realize the importance of the work of NGOs as well as how much our donations mean to them."
Sato is creating a digital book about the vicious cycle of poverty, incorporating the difficult decisions required to remove oneself from it, for her Personal Project. The book will feature an example from Japan and one from Cambodia. Her initiative, engagement and dedication are quintessential elements in her growth as an individual and student contributing to society.
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