Robin Wiszowaty

Robin Wiszowaty

A motivational speaker, community development worker and author, Robin Wiszowaty has devoted her life to helping others. Her curiosity about the disjoint between international development theory and fieldwork brought her to various villages, tribes and non-governmental organizations throughout Kenya and neighboring countries.

Her recent book, a memoir of her experiences called My Maasai Life: From Suburbia to Savannah, explores the personal side of many African struggles. She has made Kenya her home, serving as the program director there with Free The Children to implement long-term development projects in partnership with local communities to improve the lives of women and their families in the Maasai Mara region. She also leads hundreds of people on international volunteer experiences each year. Drawing upon her fieldwork experience, Wiszowaty is able to share stories about the lives lives of rural Maasai community members and her own life as a Maasai. Born and raised in Schaumburg, Illinois, currently resides in her adoptive home of Kenya. She currently serves as Free The Children’s Kenya Projects Director.

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My Maasai Life: From Suburbia to Savannah

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Born and raised in Schaumburg, Illinois, Robin Wiszowaty currently splits her time between Toronto and her adoptive home of Kenya. A motivational speaker, community development worker and author, Robin has devoted her life to helping others.

Her curiosity about the disjoint 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 her home, serving as the 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 Maasai community members.

Her recent book, a memoir of her experiences called My Maasai Life: From Suburbia to Savannah, explores the personal side of many African struggles.

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