Lincoln-Way North graduate focuses efforts on serving others, plans fundraiser for May
Friday, March 16, 2018

Lincoln-Way North graduate Sarah Pajeau doesn’t let her busy schedule interfere with her passion. As a full time student at Lewis University, a store manager at a retail shop, and babysitter, one might think it would be difficult to find time for volunteering. Pajeau, however, seems to make her mission a top priority.

“…I want to help give to the people who mean so much to me,” she says.

Pajeau first became involved in International Volunteer Headquarters (IVHQ) in 2017. She discovered the company while researching volunteer opportunities abroad. “I came across many volunteer companies online, but something about this company stuck out to me,” she says.

International Volunteer Headquarters states that there mission is “to change the face of volunteer travel.” IVHQ works with over 40 worldwide destinations, placing thousands of volunteers in various locations. The IVHQ website reads: We believe in a future where any traveler, anywhere in the world is empowered to make a meaningful difference in the community they are visiting, and we take pride in making this happen.

After researching the various opportunities and seeing Kenya on the destination list, Pajeau applied to work in childcare. In the summer of 2017, she was assigned to an orphanage in Bethsaida, north of Nairobi. “I quickly fell in love with the children there and knew I would be coming to see the kids again,” Pajeau says. “I saw extreme poverty daily in Kenya, but it was all around me in the orphanage. I started a fundraiser because I love the kids and the women who created the orphanage…”

On May 6, 2018, Pajeau will hold a self-organized fundraiser for the orphanage. The event, “Bowling, dinner and fun for Bethsaida Children’s Home!” will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Thunder Bowl in Mokena. Tickets are $25 and include three hours of bowling and dinner. All funds raised from the event will go toward the orphanage; food, water, medication, school supplies and clothing are just a few of the necessities that will be provided by the event. Those interested in attending can purchase tickets by contacting Pajeau via email: sarah.r.pajeau@gmail.com. Pajeau will return to the orphanage in May, where she will use the funds raised to help improve the lives of the children she loves.

Pajeau says, “My job as a volunteer included teaching, cooking, cleaning, and even gardening. I met so many strong and compassionate people, but it was the beautiful children that stole my heart.”