Imagine yourself dancing alongside local tribal women to a deep, resonating drumbeat until sweat is pouring off you. These are the same women you have sat with on the tarp to pick out pieces of rice, stirred porridge over the fire, held their babies and sat in their smoky mud and wattle houses. The women encourage you to jump alongside with them in the dance steps. Finally, you need to sit down.
In February 8 of us spent almost 2 weeks with Lightness and her projects. We painted the walls and dug foundations for 3 houses to replace the fallen, mud hut, these single women of 4 to 6 children live in. It is not really possible I think to understand what these houses mean to these mom’s.
There was huge excitement 2 weeks ago in the small village near Lake Eyasi, Tanzania. Several trucks loaded with bricks arrived and the first of hopefully many houses had their foundation laid.
In February, 2017, a group of 7 volunteers plus Yusuf and Lightness will be on site working with the local tribal women and their children on the homes.
To date, over $20,000 has been raised. That means we are trying to build enough funds for a third house.
Starting February 28th 2017, if you would like to follow live daily blogs of the volunteers, please go to www.packpaddleski.com. On the home page are daily updates and you can write the volunteers.