A community development worker and author, Robin serves as the Kenya Program Director with Free The Children. Robin spent a year living in a Maasai village. Since then, she has led hundreds of people on international volunteer trips each year. Using her fieldwork experiences, Robin shares stories about the lives of rural Maasai community members.
Robin shares real life experiences from her year of living in a mud home in East Africa, daily fetching water and firewood and relying solely on Swahili to communicate with her new community. Join Robin on this emotional journey as she not only experiences the deeper realities behind the social issues of drought, inequality, and poverty, but also discovers the beauty of self-awareness as she comes to understand a new culture’s values of generosity, humility, and family.
With a natural talent for storytelling, and over 10 years of experience working in community development, Robin recounts real-life stories of hardship and innovation, while outlining the challenges of—and solutions for—implementing education in rural areas.
“We had Robin Wiszowaty speak to the entire school at our annual kick-off to our Peace Initiatives program. Her presence is all about energy and pure joy. 700 students were enraptured for an hour during Robin’s presentation where you could hear a pin drop. She is gifted as a magical story teller and the story she told mirrored some of the adventures described in her amazing book, My Maasai Life. “
“Robin Wiszowaty has an incredible story to tell–and she tells it in such a thoughtful, compelling and inspiring way that you can’t help being caught up in her enthusiastic call to action. A truly noble message.”
Born and raised in Schaumburg, Illinois, Robin Wiszowaty currently splits her time between Toronto, her adoptive home of Kenya and her work in Ghana. A motivational speaker, community development worker and author, Robin Wiszowaty has devoted her life to helping others.
Her curiosity about the disconnect between international development theory and fieldwork brought her to various villages, tribes and non-governmental organizations throughout Kenya and neighbouring countries.
Suddenly she found herself spending her days hauling water, evading giraffes and living in a tiny hut made of cow dung with her adoptive family in a Maasai village. Immersing herself in their culture and communicating solely in Swahili, she was forced to face issues she’d never considered: extreme poverty, drought, female circumcision, corruption—and discovering a love for a people in the most unexpected places.
Since then, Robin has made Kenya and Ghana her homes, serving as the Ghana and Kenya Program Director with Free The Children to implement long-term development projects in partnership with local communities. She also leads hundreds of people on international volunteer experiences each year. Drawing upon her fieldwork experience, Robin is able to share stories about the lives of rural community members.