The long road

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The road to Singida is (un)paved with good intentions. This journey – over the past year and a half – has been an amazing one. Filled with lots of challenges, luck and small personal victories. I had no idea how much thought and hard work would be necessary to ensure the main purpose for my travel to Tanzania would be fulfilled – in a way that would meet my expectations. I can happily say that it has – in every possible way.

We are now back from Singida region and from meeting Miriamu and her family. It was really wonderful. We felt like local celebrities! The World Vision Tanzania folks were so hospitable and generous.  Upon our arrival in Singida (a large town about 40km away from Miriamu’s village),  we bumped into a couple of visiting officers from World Vision Canada (Mississauga office).  Such luck!

Matching Hats

Miriamu is a sweetheart. Very shy but she radiates light from within – as do her two sisters and mother. They all have these big beautiful eyes. She spoke very little (although this isn’t a characteristic of mine, I do have immense appreciation for the strong silent types) but I think was very happy.

We had a great visit at Miriamu’s school and learned a lot about the child sponsorship process and activities undertaken by WV Area Development Program (ADP) office to assist and support in meeting the needs of the Kinampanda ADP people (this area is actually made up of several villages). There is a local committee of community reps that meet to determine priorities and needs which WV then supports. One such need is the construction of a sunflower seed mill to produce oil. It is there largest cash crop. Now that we have started a dialogue with WV Tanzania workers we can better understand how to support them in moving the community to one that is sustainable. The Kinampanda ADP (sponsored by WV Canada) has only 5 years left. Each ADP only lasts for 15 years because the goal is not to create codependency but rather independence.

There is still much to tell but I will do that once we get back to Egypt. There are many stories of broken down vehicles and the kindness of strangers, ethical dilemmas and unfair dealings. There are more photos to share of our time in Ngorongoro Crater and of our visit to a local Massai village.  But I need time to reflect. I learned so much and all that information and those new ideas are circling in my brain. So now I head off to Kigongoni Lodge for some much needed quiet, solitude and reflection.

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