A bit of a different blog from me today, thought I would share my other love in life!
In 2012, I went on my first ever charity aid deployment to the beautiful Tanzania. I signed up to this project with my friends in which we had to fundraise £15,000 between us which would be spent on various projects in Tanzania. Whilst there, I wrote this blog as I was affected deeply by what I saw so thought I would share it with you.
In June, I’ll be heading to Malawi (iA) with Hope for Humanity to deliver some much needed aid to the vulnerable families there including food, water and homes. I am currently fundraising for food parcels and will include rice, beans, flour, sugar, salt and other staple foods. Please do let me know if you would like to donate towards this project😊❤️
Imagine being 78 years old and having 31 people depending on you to feed and care for them but you don’t have an income…
Imagine not even knowing how old you are but living in a straw hut with 10 of your family members and having to provide for them whilst suffering with neck pain and dwindling eyesight…
This is literally just the smallest of examples of the people we’ve come across today. Despite facing such adversity and family shortages, the family stays together and the children remain happy.
In comparison to the UK, where the elderly are left in care homes, in Tanzania the elderly are the main providers in the family.
Despite all the other lessons we can learn from the people of Pangani, the bond, strength and love of family ties is possibly the most important.
I was waiting for the day when the immensity of this project we were on would hit me and today was that day.
After seeing that elderly lady’s house which was merely straw and sticks and the conditions in which she was bringing her grandchildren up in, that inner strength inside me diminished.
The phrase life-changing experience has never been so real for me as it has been today. I have been blessed so abundantly yet I still fail to be thankful for all that I have. If He had wanted, I could have been born here and live in extreme poverty and work in the most difficult of situations but He did not.
I have been given the opportunity to highlight the problems here and do something about them. The people I met and the things I witnessed today, only further fuel my desire to return to this beautiful country and continue to raise funds and awareness about the plight of those suffering here.
On an end note, to each and every person who donated, if only you could see the impact of the donations you made. When I say your contributions are actually changing lives, I seriously mean it. We have witnessed the conditions these people live in and the impact that one cow or chicken has on their lives. This would not have been possible without your generosity, so from the bottom of my heart thank you very much for bringing happiness and joy to their lives.
If you can help and support in any way with our projects in Malawi then please do get in touch, your support will be much appreciated!