Topeka Girl Is Home From Peace Corps

By: Ariana Cohen Email
By: Ariana Cohen Email
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-A Topeka girl took a trip across the world to help those in need.

WIBW introduced Dahnika Sachs before she left for her Peace Corps trip in Moldova and now she is back in the States.

Dahnika Sachs is a K-State graduate who has a passion to see the world and help others and she never knew a foreign place would end up feeling like home.

She returned home from her 2 year adventure with the Peace Corps. She went to Moldova, a country in Eastern Europe where she quickly learned was a place of need and she was eager to help.

"They didn't have a copy machine in the health center, they didn't have phones, they didn't have all this stuff," said Sachs, "but the idea was to give these Moldovan teachers skills and new ways of teaching and that's what I did."

She lived in a house with a host mother and spent her nights on a couch. Then, she would spend her days in a village of 3,000 people
as a health teacher to her students, not to mention the language barrier.

"Through students 5th,6th, 7th, and 8th grade and so it was all in Romanian, practically no one in my village spoke English," she says.

Her grandparents, Ted and Elna Ensley, visited her during her journey and saw what she experienced firsthand.

"She touched the lives of those people that were there," her grandfather and former County Commissioner, Ted Ensley says as he sheds a few tears.

Dahnika raised money to build a gym for the village. She never imagined her connections with her students would make her feel so at home.

"And so those people kind of became my family," says Sachs.

Since she has been back, she shares stories of her trip, sometimes in Romanian. She smiles when she reflects on her venture and she says the the people of Moldova will always have a place in her heart.

"They're still thousands of miles apart but were still similar, people in Kansas and people in Moldova," says Sachs.

Sachs plans to attend KU to become a nurse practitioner and complete another Peace Corps Response program.

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