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Brenda’s Travel Diary

Friday, 30 Sep 2011

Location: Kahama, Tanzania

MapFriday, September 30th, 2011

I had a very frustrating start to my day; being triple booked and feeling pulled in all directions. Things worked out though with Rob going to another part of the district to be our representative for the sports competitions. With six sets of donated uniforms, a couple of the schools had arranged to play soccer and netball against each other. We used the uniforms donated by the Peachland Wildfires, a senior men’s softball team and some of the Ironman clothing. Sherwood trophies generously donated about 25 trophies with Swahili phrases and Ironman Canada had donated finisher medals so the kids were really excited to play.

I went to deliver the remaining 25 bins to the world vision children. We were driving to three drop-off points in three villages. We didn’t have a lot of time to spend with the families but at least I would be able to see everyone and I could get pictures of them with their totes. Everyone that was scheduled to be there was and things went vey smoothly for once. The families were so excited to finally be receiving their totes and I’m sure the WV staff was happy to have this whole thing behind them. These families have been waiting for a year for the promised totes and have been asking a lot of questions.

The kids have all grown so much…I first met some of these kids five years ago and have been visiting them yearly. It was sad to say good-bye to them after spending so little time with each of them but I was very grateful to John Kamya and the WV staff for arranging for me to be there. Our visits are always a lot of work for them.

After I got back into town, I met with Philomena from the Amani group. This is a group of 133 children that have HIV and attend the clinic at the hospital. Thanks in part to our support and a donation from some of the students at the Summerland High School last year; the children now have their own little building on the hospital grounds. This ‘clubhouse’ is a place that they can look forward to coming to when they have to come to the clinic for their treatments and testing. They receive counselling and other support also. We had placed items in the container for the kids including a stereo, VHS player, a TV, books, tapes and toys, etc. The Amani support group in Summerland had given me envelopes, paper and money to purchase stamps so the kids could write to us. I also donated one of our sewing machines to them. Philomena said they would use it to repair children’s clothing when they are attending the clinic. She also thought she could show some of the kids how to sew.

I left Angela’s donation with Philomena to use to cover other miscellaneous expenses. She’ll keep a record of what it’s used for. I was sad to hear one of the boys passed away recently. He was only fifteen years old.