Aziz Mohamed is the health initiatives manager for the Office of Corporate Strategy and Technology. He is responsible for coordinating HP's partnerships with organizations, such as the Clinton Health Access Initiative and Partners HealthCare, and helping HP deliver innovative health programs to underserved people and communities.
Despite his work in the area of global health, Aziz had never volunteered before he took a life-changing trip to Kenya.
In 2010, Aziz and 20 HP colleagues traveled to an orphanage for children abandoned by their families due to disease or illness. The majority of the 200 children, ages 2–18, had been diagnosed with HIV. The team brought food and essential supplies, but one of their most important contributions was time. The volunteers spent hours playing games, singing, dancing, and talking with the kids.
After half a day being surrounded by such courageous but sick boys and girls, Aziz came home a different person. "I was personally touched and affected," he says. "I saw tears in the eyes of my HP colleagues and friends, but I also saw determination and the will to make the world a better place."
Aziz was so moved by his experiences that when he returned home to his wife and three children he announced that he was going back—and taking his family with him—in the summer of 2011. "I will spend my time, and my family's time, to do whatever it takes to make a positive change," he explains.
Hear more about Aziz's time as a volunteer in Kenya, in his own words.