Seven Countries, Two Continents, A Million Stories
Trip Start Apr 08, 2009
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267 Strathcona Drive
I must apologize for the delay in this final entry.
My little feet are exhausted. I've traveled a healthy portion of the earth's surface these past 3 months and I finally find myself in familiar territory. I arrived home in Burlington July 11th with a (couple of) packs on my back, a smile on my face and a changed heart. I had the time of my life on this solo adventure - I met the most amazing people, accomplished some pretty impressive things, challenged myself, learned about myself and (let's be honest) ate some of the most delicious food on the face of the planet! (Those Greeks know how to do it).
The final leg of my trip was pretty low-key
This trip was truly one of a lifetime. My time in Tanzania has changed me forever and through it I helped raise over $1,000 dollars for individuals and families suffering from HIV/AIDs. Since writing that article for the Hamilton Spectator, I've had more donations come in and in the next week I'll be sending more money to TAFCOM founders Nie and Jonas in order to help more of their most-in-need clients (Thank you to everyone for your help!). You'll be happy to know that since I left Tanzania, our orphans have been getting one meal of porridge every day, Amose got his surgery and is home safe and sound trying to recover and TAFCOM is now planning another fundraiser to generate more income and keep the cycle of awareness going in the Moshi community.
I want to take this opportunity to Thank each and every one of you who have been following along with this travelblog
I learned that we as North Americans have everything we could ever want or need at our fingertips. I considered myself a 'starving student' before this trip - and now I realize how stupid that North American phrase really is. I have a full stomach, a bed to sleep in, access to medical care and an education. As a North American woman, I have access to things that women in Tanzania could never dream of - I can make my own decisions, I can pursue any career that I aspire to, I can fall in love with who I want, speak my mind freely and have access to adequate food, water and many pleasures in life that East African women will never know
So, Thank you. Thank you for giving me this new perspective in life. I hope to use it for the greater good, as best I can.
I suppose this is the end of a Chapter - one that will remain very close to my heart for as long as I live - but it certainly isn't the end of the book. You'll be hearing more from me in the years to come. I plan to go back to Tanzania and continue to assist in the TAFCOM initiative in country. I would love to see them grow and improve as the years go on. I also have a feeling that my life's work will in some way be connected to what I was doing overseas. As of yet I don't know how exactly - so I suppose I have some homework to do (pretty exciting stuff, if I do say so myself).
So it's back to real life. But hopefully this time, with a changed heart and a new perspective I can make the most of what's in store for me in the future.
When I was 26, I went to Africa.
I knew nothing of myself and in three short months all of that changed.
I challenged myself to make a difference
... and I did.