YPDaily: Holly King

After going on a volunteer trip to Mombasa in Kenya, Holly King realized that the staggering number of children that were uneducated was leading to some of the country’s major problems, including unemployment and prostitution. In knowing that something needed to be done, she began People for Change, a Canadian charity that is helping one dollar at a time in this YEDaily…

Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
Founder & President at People for Change, a Canadian registered charity dedicated to helping children in Kenya receive an education.

Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
I ended up taking a volunteer trip to Mombasa, Kenya in 2010. During our first week we had a guest speaker come and give us some background and statistics on Kenya. The one thing that stuck out for me was how many children didn’t go to school and it was this lack of education that was contributing to unemployment, homelessness, prostitution and drug use. As soon as I came home I knew I wanted to do something so I started People for Change. In 2011 I travelled to Gioto Garbage Slum, Kenya where over 140 families depend on refuse for their survival and started programs to send children from the slum to boarding school.

What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
I love getting pictures of the children and seeing them smile, they are so happy to be in school. Working in a foreign country always has its challenges and starting anything new can be hard but I’m learning as I go.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
People for Change operating at it’s full potential and helping as many children as possible. I would like to have all the children that live in Gioto Garbage Slum in school. There are about 250 children that live in the slum so I think that it can definitely be done in 5 years.

What does success look like to you?
Loving what you do.

What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
As of January 2012 we have 37 children in school. It’s amazing how many people have donated.

Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
If you don’t like something change it, or at least try. Whether it is your own career or a cause you feel passionately about. Follow your heart and go after what you want.

Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
When time permits and I’m actually in St. John’s I volunteer at the New Hope Community Center helping to serve meals and at the SPCA. I have a lot to be thankful for and it’s good to give back.  

What to you is notable?
Being yourself.

Blackberry, iPhone, Android, or Other?
I have both an iPhone and a Blackberry.