Meghan and Evan Feige have long known about Friends of Ngong Road (FoNR). They grew up with Meg Meyer, the daughter of president and founder, Paula Meyer. They saw the work of Paula and the board and heard stories of children’s lives being transformed.
Last month, the Feiges took their experience with FoNR a step further. Requesting leave from their full-time jobs at Cargill and Target, they spent some time in Nairobi working with our recent high school graduates. They created and led a variety of workshops including personality styles, mock interviews, personal brand, emotional intelligence, and more. Meghan and Evan Feige stressed the importance of personal exploration through interactive activities, case studies, reflection, and dialogues. Such skills are not usually taught in schools in Kenya, but personal awareness and critical thinking abilities are imperative to students’ post-secondary experiences and their success in future careers.
We surveyed our recent high school graduates after the experience. The majority stated that it was one of the most valuable training sessions they had ever received and enthusiastically suggested conducting workshops for future graduates.
The Feiges enjoy seeking opportunities to learn about new cultures. The couple lived in Mexico City, where Meghan worked for Cargill. They saw poverty and injustice in Mexico and have seen similar inequities in their own community. But what they saw in Kenya was different. They knew the kids. There was trust among the families, who welcomed the Feiges into their homes. The students opened their hearts to welcome and teach them. The FoNR staff helped them better understand. They left the country with hope for the future and a new perspective on life.
Their experience continues to have an impact both in the U.S. and Kenya. Evan has worked with peers at Target to donate cases of professional clothing to our recent graduates who are applying for jobs. Our board and staff are working to ensure similar training workshops happen in the future. And, our high school graduates are more prepared than ever to reach their highest potential.
Thank you, Meghan and Evan, for partnering to transform lives!