Is From:Lagos, Nigeria
Lives in: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Went to: University of South Florida
Works at: BlueCross BlueShield of Florida
Attended programs in:
- Dominican Republic 2009
Aisat "Esha"--or as we at SFP know her--Ayesha--met Service For Peace back in 2009. She decided to pick up and join us on a Global PeaceMakers in the Dominican Republic, not knowing what to expect and certainly getting more than she bargained for. Since this experience, Ayesha remains an active citizen in her own community and in the world, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a volunteer, and a model person who shares her light with the world. This is her story, looking back on her experience upon returning to the US from the Dominican Republic:
The GPM really impacted me. While I was there, I learned so much about the Service For
Peace organization, the culture in the DR, the local social issues, and most of all – I learned so much about myself. To be honest, I went on the trip to get away from the stress of my daily life; at that time I was going through a lot with school, family, and the passing of someone special to me. I just wanted to get away and do something different, but I didn't expect to learn more about my me as the main character in my quest. This trip allows me to set my selfish needs aside and help build a better community for the children and the rest of the community residents. When I came back to the States, I took those lessons and utilized them to become an active citizen in my community. I became a better person overall.
Before I went to the DR, I was just a volunteer. After completing the GPM, I had a better understanding of my abilities as a leader and felt empowered to change the world around me. Now, I continue to participate in service trips across the country and aboard. Also, I decided to get involved in my own city and coach a cheerleading squad of 45 girls from low-income families. I also coach volleyball and tennis for middle- and high school girls in the same situation. Service For Peace helped me to realize I can--and do--embody the traits of role model and to seek different opportunities to influence the culture of service in the younger generation to get involved for positive change."