Kelly Murphy was only 24 years old when she decided that the best way for her to be of service in this world was to join Cuso International and head to Zambia to teach.
For the next three years, Murphy taught in a girl’s high school. Becoming increasingly interested in women’s issues, Murphy joined CUSO’s Tanzania Regional Director’s office where she worked to identify and raise seed funding to help women become self-reliant.
“I was happy to find something of service that I could do,” says Murphy.
Murphy lived and worked in Africa for 8 years, but her interest in being an active participant and helping vulnerable people did not fade upon her return to Canada. She spent two years working for Oxfam Canada in Saskatoon. The next 10 years were spent with the Sasktatoon Native Survival School where she established the Saskatoon Native Theatre to help young Indigenous children bring their words and stories to life through theatre.
Over the years, she has returned to developing countries to work and provide support. She has also continued to support vulnerable populations in Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
Today, Murphy lives in Nanaimo, B.C., where she owns a yoga studio and continues to volunteer and raise funds for projects in developing countries.