I must admit that before we left for the trip I was a little nervous that I might be so overwhelmed by the conditions faced by our sponsor communities that I might feel that there is little we can do to make a meaningful difference. But it was quite the reverse – I found out that is incredibly easy to change a life for ever!
|The delivery ward at the Kahama District Hospital|
We have a real presence and are taking steps that will genuinely help communities in the Kahama District to tackle and rise above the effects of poverty. Our strengths are that we monitor each project and adjust as needed, we listen to the experts there and interact with everyday people; we listen to the stories of their lives, and tell them ours.
At home we have a strong team in the Board, Committee, volunteers and supporters – we all work towards raising funds and awareness and spend a lot of time thinking about the children and families we support and how to provide that support in a respectful and meaningful way.
It is always a struggle to raise funds but we are getting there! Having taken the trip I was blown away at how easy it is to change lives for the better - ridiculously easy. And I am so, so impressed with who we are as an organization and what we have achieved up to now and can achieve in the future.
I took the 2012 trip with my daughter Mary who was fulfilling her goal of going on the trip after she graduated from High School - in fact it was less than a week after! Many of the photos from this trip are hers - you can read Mary's account here.