January 2nd, 2013

Ten Days in Kenya: A Johnson & Johnson Employee Gives Back

Happy New Year to our blog readers!  We’re kicking off 2013 by sharing a story about one of our employees, Melissa Katz, and her journey to Kenya to volunteer with the WISER school for girls.

Here’s what Melissa has to say:

The people who work at Johnson & Johnson are a special breed. We take our responsibilities seriously. “We have a responsibility to the communities in which we live and work and to the world community as well.” These are not just words on a page. We live it. We offer days off for volunteerism for employees to contribute to their community. Where and for what cause we volunteer is up to us.

Dr. Sherryl Broverman from Duke University tells us that if you want to end poverty, prevent disease, end hunger there is a one-size-fits-all solution:  Educate a girl.  I am a well educated woman. It wasn’t even a question that I would go to school past age 13 and then go to college. That is far from the situation in Muhuru Bay, Kenya.

Melissa will be blogging about her journey at www.educateagirl.blogspot.com. We hope you’ll follow along.

One Response to “Ten Days in Kenya: A Johnson & Johnson Employee Gives Back”

  1. Michel Paul says

    Hello Melissa, Carrie, Jeff, Raman, Megan, Simon, Wendy and Sonia:

    On behalf of the entire Diabetes Care Franchise, I want to thank you for dedicating your time and energy these last two weeks to the WISER girls in Africa. I am extremely proud of your efforts, and of all of our Diabetes Care Franchise employees’ efforts, to truly create better lives and promising futures for this community.

    In supporting WISER, we are truly illustrating our Johnson & Johnson Credo at work. As you know, for the last seven years, many of our Diabetes Care Franchise Colleagues have supported the WISER organization. WISER’s mission is to ensure that one day, all women will be granted equal access to safe educational opportunities so that they may achieve leadership roles in their communities. Seeing your work these past two weeks, truly brings this mission to life.

    Thank you again for your passion, dedication and commitment to making a difference.

    Warm regards,
    Michel Paul

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