It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve had the privilege to see my 13th year of living and working in Tanzania. In 2005, its vast beauty and gregarious people took me on an adventure I could never have fathomed. Still, while I have come to adore much of life here, I often still think of what it means to be home.
Home. Considering all the places in the world, I think it’s where most of us would choose to be. Among friends, family, and community, enjoying their kind presence with a sense of peace. A place where one has access to resources and opportunity. With our world’s current level of human displacement, however, we know this is not the case the world over. Each day, millions of people traverse the globe in search of a better life and a better future. Recently, a good friend of mine in Tanzania received the grim news that his symptoms of severe abdominal pain were the result of acute kidney failure. While treatment might be readily available in many countries, only a handful of dialysis machines existed in our northern region to unburden his hurting body of the increasing amount of toxins in his blood. Not only was it discovered to be quite expensive for the weekly treatments when compared to local levels of income, but also at least a 200-kilometer drive away.
We are making a difference, together.
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Speaking Event: AAUW-Vancouver
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Los Angeles Social
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After months of preparing, 15 supporters took to the slopes of Oregon's Mt. Hood. This amazing group raised over $37,000 for the students at the Mungere School. The school's students and staff and our global community are thankful to their amazing work! Watch highlights from the climb.
Sophia Issa and Trifonia Just are two small girls with big personalities. These incoming 7th graders have taken advantage of their first months not only to learn about new subjects, but also to get acclimated with the school grounds, make new friends and learn how a student at Mungere can make the best of her education.
While western schools encourage students to engage in creative projects, the Tanzanian classroom tends to focus on the basics of writing and reading academic texts and non-fiction. Libraries are scarce and creative resources minimal - but not at the Mungere School.
Asia is a current Form I student at the Mungere School who walks onto campus every day with a big smile on her face. She enjoys helping her fellow students with homework and learning new things as often as she can.
When she is not in school, Asia loves to spend time with her family and friends. When she finishes school, Asia looks forward to using her education to become a successful businesswoman and hotel manager. She has natural leadership skills and hopes to one day inspire other young girls that anyone can succeed with hard work and determination. Sponsoring a child like Asia equips them with everything they need to be successful in the classroom. It’s also an opportunity to build a lasting, meaningful friendship.