On a Saturday night in 2008 I made and sold over 150 grilled cheese sandwiches. I had just been accepted to a study abroad program in India and I was raising money to go.
The cost of this program was waaay more than I could afford, but I wasn’t willing to miss out. This was a chance to work with Mobile Creches, a non-profit dedicated to children of migrant families who live and work on active construction sites. Together with the builders on any given project, Mobile Creches provides learning and daycare centers where the children can be safe, fed, and given an education.
Mobile Creches was looking for design ideas for their centers, and my college’s one-time study abroad program was built around making that happen. I knew I would never again have the chance to live and go to school so far away, so I reached out to my family, applied for scholarships, and got a work-study job that paid a whopping $7.50/hour.
Then I threw a $1 grilled cheese party….