Sunday, March 30, 2014

Safari Njema

by Ty, March 25

Today we are leaving the village. It is sad to leave. We really try hard to invest in the staff and the children. Some days it feels like we are getting nowhere and that nothing changes. But every time we return, we can notice positive changes in people. Still, leaving is hard because I feel like I am abandoning people. But at the same time, people need to be left to stand on their own feet. One person at a time, that is happening. We have 13 kids in high school now and they look so sharp in their uniforms. They are the most outstanding students at their school. We are very proud of them. The nurses at the hospital are becoming more competent. We also have a new clinical officer (like a PA). The kids are getting lessons from a marching band leader. Marching and drumming come very naturally to them. Some of the littlest kids show progress learning Swahili and English. Some of the big kids are getting more confident. They don't think they are nobodies anymore. So, while it sometimes seems like slow going, there are signs of hope. I can't wait to see some of these kids go to college.

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