“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”
– Chief Seattle
2 years ago, I was blessed with the opportunity to come to Moshi, Tanzania and meet Theresa Grant and the children she cares for through Make A Difference Now. When I think of my visits, I think fondly of the blessing that I bring home. It is simple , it is LOVE.
A simple connection that drives one human being to be in service of another.
Giving 22 children the opportunity to have a good education, with the prospects of living a healthy and productive life, is the main objective of the Make a Difference Now organization.
Getting the opportunity to spend a week or two to work with the kids one on one, to exchange culture, to learn, and to teach is an enriching experience. And I am blessed to call Theresa, Pina, Emannuel, and the entire MAD team, my friends and family!
Each child is a unique individual, their resiliency and perseverance is amazing. Their eagerness to learn is motivating. Their appreciation of the smallest gesture is a continual motivator.
Becoming a volunteer with Make A Difference Now, and getting to know Theresa, has been an enriching experience in my life. I went into it not knowing what to expect, and walk away each time more enriched and more inspired. It is simple, all lives are equal regardless of race, religion, sex, age or nationality.
We are all one. The best way to appreciate this is to connect with others. And to remove oneself from one’s comfort zone. There are many opportunities to volunteer with MAD. Stay a week, stay a year. Be sure to check out http://www.makeadifference.org for upcoming opportunities. There is a great University Tour and Safari upcoming in June. And if you are of the active sort, there are amazing opportunities to fund raise by trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro!
Whatever you do, come thirsty! Thirsty to learn, eager to exchange, and leave inspired.
Inspired to do more things that can make a difference to another being’s life when you return home.
“Sow an act, reap a habit; Sow a habit, reap a character; Sow a character, reap a destiny.” -G. D. Boardman
See the Kilimanjaro Kids say thank you at MAD’s YouTube channel here: http://youtu.be/JlgfHTMQ-r0