Tanzania, Africa

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?"

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


June 24, 2017

Yesterday was a big day and the most fulfilling. We packed this little truck to the top with food, personal hygiene, and school items for two orphanages, Mgolole and Amani. A moment I won't forget... When we pulled the truck up to Amani, the orphanage for disabled & handicapped kids, one of the girls saw stacks of cases of soda in the truck. She was so excited she started to cry and ran around hugging each of us. Witnessing this chocked me up to see such joy over something as simple as a soda. Something that to me I can have anytime, I realized was a privilege to her. And now my wish is for Coca-Cola or Pepsi to see this post and to help me deliver a truck full of sodas for these kids. Anyone from Pepsi or Coca-Cola out there that can help me make this happen? 

Mgolole Orphanage: ages 0-10

Mgolole Orphanage: ages 0-10

Meal time at Mgolole Orphanage

Meal time at Mgolole Orphanage

June 22, 2017

The more I travel the more I realize how small my own bubble is, like a pin drop in this great big world. Things I was fussing over before I left San Diego, today are nothing. This week we got to meet with 3 organizations in the Morogoro region that support village kids. The first was a nonprofit that is a resource for displaced children assisting 240 kids with education and healthcare services for those suffering from HIV. The second was an orphanage for handicapped and disabled children. This one really pinched my heart because in countries such as Tanzania it is an embarrassment and shameful to have a child with a handicap or a learning disability. These children are literally disowned by their parents, so this orphanage has become a family to 52 of them. And the third was an orphanage for kids age 0-10 where many of these kids were collected from the streets or found abandoned after birth. These little ones pictured here stole my heart with their huge smiles, bright laughs, and big hopeful eyes. Thank you for supporting and following my journey. An enormous THANK YOU to Monica and Jane at the SEGA Girls School who helped coordinate and arrange these connections for us. We are so grateful.

June 28, 2017

I hate to play favorites but this little one definitely pinched the most at my heart. Her name is Appalone and she had the sweetest, calmest disposition ever with bright eyes, a big smile and a profound sense of amazement and curiosity. It's bittersweet to leave Tanzania and I thank each of you SO MUCH for your donations and your felt love & kindness ️. It's always very overwhelming to get to travel and help kids like this knowing that I only get to do this because of YOU. Really. The majority of your money raised was given to this orphanage that cares for babies from age 0 to 10 years. It's important to me that you know how special this orphanage is so that you can get that your support is deeply cherished. Gratefully, Kim :) xo

Amani Orphanage for the mentally & physically disabled

Amani Orphanage for the mentally & physically disabled

Neema Resource Center for kids with HIV

Neema Resource Center for kids with HIV