I started working at Mercy-USA for Aid and Development in Plymouth, MI and I love it. I chose to intern at this organization because it has done a spectacular work around the world. Their mission is to alleviate human suffering by supporting individuals to become more self-sufficient. Their international projects include a school for the visually impaired kids, a safe access to clean water in Somalia, mobile medical units for women and children in Syria, and many more projects.
The CEO and my colleagues are friendly and inspiring. They are entirely invested in serving the organization and it is motivating me. This week, I learned that Mercy-USA started to focus on local projects as well. I am excited to work on new projects that will serve the less fortunate individuals in our local communities to become more self-sufficient! Coming up with projects that will benefit our communities is the trickiest part of planning. There are many unmet urgent needs and long-term needs in every community. Planning involve evaluating each community’s circumstances individually, to be able to prioritize their needs. For example, in winter, the organization’s priority in Detroit was to distribute new winter care packages to homeless shelters. It was important to serve the urgent unmet needs before considering any long-term effective projects in the city. I am thrilled to explore more projects and ideas, and my first week was great!