Sam has a strong belief in community and service. At her very core, empowering others to live joyfully drives her work. She has worked with NGOs in Europe and Africa, not only raising awareness, but volunteering on-site. She has spent time learning from NGO’s around the world, visiting refugee camps, and working on-site in rural Rwanda for a non-profit that empowers youth. In addition to her own experiences, she provides learning and volunteer opportunities to her community and corporations looking to elevate or add social responsibility as their company value.
Prior to moving back to the United States in 2014, Sam was a year-long fellow at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, a non-profit to educate and empower more than 500 orphaned teens. She was a mentor to 16 teenage girls in addition to working on-site with foreign donors, VIP executives and diplomats. She continues to raise awareness for the non-profit’s mission through donation-based events in Miami. Every April, she holds a yoga class to raise awareness about genocide and to fundraise for Agahozo-Shalom.
Sam has always had a love for nature and wildlife. She volunteered for three weeks on a wildlife reserve in South Africa and supports international wildlife charities. In Miami, she holds weekly classes at the Kampong, a part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, to raise funds for conservation and education initiatives. A portion of the class proceeds go directly to the non-profit.
Education is one of the keys to empowered living. Sam believes in holistic education and supports non-profits like the Chapman Partnership in Miami to collect supplies and provide on-site wellness trainings through her platform, Cafe Namaste.™ Sam recently went to Colombia with the XOL Foundation to provide a self-love + yoga workshop to the coffee growing community in Caldas.