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Volunteering in Tanzania, Africa!! What an experience!

"Sherie
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Seattle, WA
We’re back, and what another amazing adventure this was, maybe the best one yet!

What our group of was able to accomplish in such a short time is nothing short of INCREDIBLE!

What we accomplished- laid the foundation for our doctor house and we’re able to begin the building process to bring the entire house to ¼ the way complete…Yay! With our donated beds and blankets we also opened a new children’s wing in the medical center. Our nurse Kim was able to help with the well children check-ups at the clinic and even did a mobile clinic visit. Kim was even given the special honor of naming a baby born while she was there…Joshua is beautiful!

At the end of our stay the entire village turned out to honor our volunteers for all their hard work with a special performance and tribute to everyone, but trust me when I say it was our honor to be there and we all left with the feeling that they helped us more than we helped them, it’s amazing how this happens.

We had another very special event take place- the Commissioner for our district (Karatu) heard what we were doing for the Endallah clinic and its villagers and was so impressed that he’s sending the “Torch of Tanzania” or “Uhuru Torch “(which symbolizes freedom an d light, and was first lit on top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in 1961) to our special project in June. The torch travels all over Tanzania every year in a  race to remind Tanzanians of their duty to guard their freedom, unity and peace.  Yes, this is a huge honor for us and shows us just how important this project is to the locals and the Tanzanian government. We are very humbled to say the least to have the torch make a stop at our doctor’s house this June and visit our new volunteers.

Here’s the reason why this doctor house is so important to the village of Endallah, Tanzanian government and its people:

Dr. Wilson, our local Tanzanian doctor for the Endallah village is the only doctor for this village of thousands of people, he is on call 7 days a week, 24hrs a day. He lives at the local school house when school isn’t in session, of course. There’s no housing for him in this remote hard to reach area of Tanzania. His wife and children live an hour away in another town and rarely does he ever get to see his family because of his demanding schedule at the clinic. This is big problem all over Tanzania; these remote villages have a hard time keeping doctors for their clinics because of the hard living conditions for the government doctors.  By making sure our doctor is happy and has his family for support we’re also insuring that this village will have proper medical care when they need, hence preventing the deaths of parents and children, which in return puts a small dent in creating an orphan.  Everything always comes back to having access to proper medical care.

So if you can, join me in June to finish our doctor house and I promise you the impact will be felt for many years to come in the lives of so many. Just see what it does for you, it’s that AMAZING!

We need volunteers of all levels- medical professionals, teachers (or teacher helpers), workers to finish the house (no special skills required) and anyone that just wants to make a difference! We need to raise funds as well, so if you can’t join but want to help with some fundraising that is also just as meaningful to our cause.

Thanks again to all of you that helped with our first trip and a big thanks to our local Tanzanians for all their help too. Please know from the bottom of my heart that what we started is truly spectacular and you’ll never be forgotten for taking the first steps with us!!

Asante sana and Karibu sana Tanzania!

Sherie
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