Kennedy Baptist teacher and Initiate Australia director Josh Bond talks up scholarship available for Years 11 and 12 students


Josh Bond and Amit Khaira, co-owners of Halo Espresso in South Perth and co-directors of Initiate Australia Picture: Marie Nirme d454326
Josh Bond and Amit Khaira, co-owners of Halo Espresso in South Perth and co-directors of Initiate Australia Picture: Marie Nirme d454326

SOUTH Perth-based organisation Initiate Australia is offering Year 11 and 12 students a scholarship trip to Kenya later this year to experience development work first hand.

The two-week scholarship trip, now in its sixth year, has been extended to Year 11 and 12 students from across the state for the first time.

Initiate directors, Shelley resident Josh Bond and Canning Vale resident Amit Khaira, established the program with the view to empower locals and learn their stories.

Mr Bond, who teaches a social justice course at Kennedy Baptist College, founded the scholarship trip and said he was convinced we are called to engage and interact with those who need help.

“I want young and older people to know that change can and does happen and that they can make a difference,” he said.

“Students will be exposed to a variety of settings and be challenged with specific community needs and development issues. Some of the contexts will include slums, townships, villages, schools, churches and rural communities.

“We will visit a number of projects where Initiate Australia has been partnering with the local communities including water, health and education initiatives in metro and regional Kenya.”

Mr Bond said the scholarship was an opportunity for young people to be inspired, confronted and uplifted by development work.

He said previous students were now ambassadors of the program.

“We want to expose students to the positive, students who come are all different but they share an interest in social justice,” he said.

This December, up to 20 students will have the opportunity to become the next generation of leaders to understand development work and how they can make a difference locally and overseas.

“Our trip is one of sensitivity. We look to empower others by seeking to listen and learn from local change makers in their communities.” Mr Bond said.

More information and applications for the trip can be found on the Initiate Australia website at www.initiate.org.au. Applications close on Tuesday, May 31.