REVIVE Project Spotlight: Hailey Manning

Hailey Manning (@haiill_m) is a passionate EMT, volunteer, and inspirational role model. Participating in several international mission trips, she has impacted the lives of copious children and adults in poverty stricken communities. She spoke with REVIVE Project about her inspiration, memories, and future plans

 

1) What interested you in going abroad to volunteer?

Ever since I was a kid I remember being introduced to the injustice of the world around me, whether it was at home in my own city or across the globe, I knew it existed and I wanted to be apart of changing that and making a difference. At the age of 13, I began sponsoring kids on the Internet through world vision with money I had saved from birthdays and holidays. I took my first trip abroad when I was 22. Now, I have the opportunity through the generosity of others to fund my trips to Uganda each year and work alongside a non-profit, Africa Matters Today.  

 

2) What is a typical day like on one of your mission trips?

We wake up early everyday before the sun rises and do whatever is on the schedule for that particular day so everyday looks different. Our efforts in speaking hope and encouragement to every person we encounter is one of the only things that remain consistent. We hold conferences at designated locations, speaking, encouraging, and praying with most people, as many are willing to in desperate situations. We set up carnivals for the kids and play games at various schools and orphanages, also reminding the kids that they are little kings and queens and not to be discouraged with life’s circumstances!  

I have experienced many physical healings. I think my favorite part is just being able to love people who often feel forgotten or think low of themselves because they see what America has. I always tell them, “America has temporary things, but you have joy and things can never compare to eternal joy.” Love is a universal language and that’s what my mission trips look like & what we should look like daily; uncompromising love. 

 

3) What do you find most satisfying about working with the less fortunate?

I find their joy and generosity in the midst of their less than fortunate situations. It’s such a mind-blowing experience to enter into a world of those less fortunate, yet see the joy behind every smile. It truly allows me to remember what is important in life and what will matter most when it is all over, and I think that’s what we do for others.

 

4) Which parts of Africa did you like to travel to the most? 

You will usually find me in eastern parts of Africa, that’s where the organization I volunteer with is located. 

 

5) What is your next move, in terms of career and volunteering?

Right now, I am working as a paramedic on an ambulance and I am currently waiting on my acceptance into a nursing program. I plan to graduate with a BSN in the next 5 years. Following, I will start full time traveling back to Uganda and other parts of the world as the opportunities present themselves. My dream is to open up clinics and provide access to medical care in areas of desperate situations. 

 

6) Until then, do you have a favorite memory from traveling? 

My favorite memory so far involves a young boy we found lying in a hospital bed in the Kalangala Islands. He had been there for 3 days sick with Malaria in a hospital that was without any staff. The boy was so sick he would not eat, drink, or speak. You could see his body drenched in sweat from his fever. I am usually the videographer, but I decided to put my camera down and pray over the boy. About 5 minutes later, he opened his eyes, jumped up out of bed and asked for food (he ate an entire donut and drank an entire bottle of Fanta)! I remember the look on his dads face as he was cleaning up the area ready to leave with his son. They ended leaving that day. I do believe in the power of prayer and that good will always come from it. 

  

7) Do you have any encouragement or last words as a result of your experiences?

It is easy to look at the world, it’s injustice and to see the marginalized and think it is impossible to “fix” it. I do not necessarily think we are here to “fix” it,  but I believe we are here to enter in to the sufferings of others and do our part to help with what we have. Changing the world for one person is just as important as changing the world for a million. If we keep our perspective big, but remember we can start small, eventually a million will be impacted & REVIVE is now a part of that impact. 

  

8) In what way has REVIVE Project inspired you?

What many don’t realize is how far a little amount can go in impoverished countries. The creativity behind REVIVE was compelling to say the least. Integrating fashion with a good cause always gets me excited, especially with my travels abroad. Having constant access to keep me charged up and “REVIVED” is important, especially overseas when electricity is hard to access. My motto in life is to shine like a light in dark places and REVIVE’s mission aligns so perfectly with my heart to LIGHT UP THE WORLD. 

 

9) As you know, 10% of our net profits go to Little Sun foundation which helps decrease the number of people without electricity. Can you describe the quality of electricity that you experienced?

Many do not have electricity at all, they live by the rising and setting of the sun. Statistically, only about 10% of the population even has access to electricity and in rural areas, it’s less than 5%. We can often use our phone’s to light the way, now with the help of REVIVE & those who support, we can all begin to shine a little brighter ;) 

 

10) Can you suggest some ways someone could become more involved in giving back if they are unable to go on mission trips? 

One can research a trustworthy organization and become a monthly donor. I often find its more appealing to Americans if they are getting something in return, so companies like REVIVE Project, Unlockhope, or Sevenly are great opportunities to get and give.

Anne Frank famously said, “No one has ever gone broke by giving,” and I have found this to be true in my own life. A true giver can learn to help even in their own struggles and remember that there is always someone in greater need.

 

Written by Leigh Ann Kirk


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