Meet The Volunteers-Urbanus
Meet The Volunteers - urbanus
- Age: 26
- Nationality: Kenyan
- Town / City: Manchester
- Placement(s): The Booth Centre
A little about me:
My name is Urbanus Muthai, 26 years old Kenyan citizen. I come from a family of three, and raised a catholic. I love reciting the Rosary, adoring Christ in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar, and participating in Holy Mass. I am passionate about science and for both my Bachelor and MSc degrees I pursued Biochemistry. I love questioning about everything! During my leisure time, I enjoy reading science articles, spirituality books, watching science fiction tv shows, and football matches. I love Manchester United FC!
Why I chose the Vincentian Volunteers:
It is through my catholic faith that I became a Vincentian, being an SVP member since 2014. Towards the completion of my MSc, I heard about the VV programme from a SVP friend in the UK. The VV programme seemed to be a nice opportunity for me to be nurtured in the Vincentian spirituality. I made a choice to set on a journey to a far land and live the Vincentian way of life away from my home comfort. I wanted to be evangelized by those I neither knew nor heard about and still learn how charitable organizations impact lives in the UK. In as much as I wanted to learn from other Vincentians and living in a community, I wanted to give my strengths, my joys, and my hope to the people I would meet. Also, I wanted to make life-long friends.
My placement is the Booth Centre, Manchester, where I volunteer every Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. The Booth Centre is a non-residential place for the homeless people in Manchester and about 250 people visit the Centre every week for hot meals, activities, and advice. I volunteer in the kitchen to clean utensils, serve drinks, and meals. I really enjoy exchanging smiles with the Centre users when I serve brew! On Wednesdays, I am enthusiastic about the Streetwise Opera! I enjoy singing with the people who use the Centre. Singing is therapeutic and brings joy not only to me but to the people we serve.
Since my year began, I have made good friends. I hope that by the end of my year I will have grown rich in love, humility, perseverance and the Vincentian spirituality by practice. I believe the journey will greatly impact my life forever!