As was to be expected, since my arrival last Wednesday morning, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind of meetings with partners, visits to schools and time spent at Shalom orphanage. My students, now teens, have in many cases grown taller than I and have been unwilling to let me walk far from their sight during our time together. Additionally, walking through Karatu town, I cannot go too far without being stopped by business owners and neighbors telling me “Umepotea, Eliza” = “You’ve been lost, Eliza.” In these moments, I remember being told a few news ago by the school nurse as she greeted me one morning, “Uko nyumbani,” = “You’re home.” Truly. In short, it’s been just a dream. Thankfully my Swahili hasn’t been too forgotten either!
As you may know, I am back here to develop the next stage of the sponsorship program I created 8 years ago through Journeys of Solutions. All of the students are now secondary (high school) students so it’s a big transition time for the program! To continue to meet the educational needs of these amazing young humans, I’m planning a big fundraiser event in 2018 for a higher education fund I’m developing “Kesho Fund”, so stay tuned for some more updates on that in the coming weeks/months!
Some pictures below in case you’re curious for some glimpses.