Volunteers of MAD

Life changing adventures from Tanzania – Taylor Mahar

I happened to be browsing through a travel magazine and came upon a website that has a connection with MAD. What started as a general inquiry into a possible trip to Africa became an unforgettable journey that has left part of my heart and soul in Tanzania.

I first came last year, really not knowing what to expect. Now my second trip is coming to a close and I can’t believe I have to say goodbye to these amazing kids again. A smile from Upendo and Gift, a hug from Peter, a mischievous grin from Jonasi, a shy look around the corner from Joseph, a sarcastic joke from Eliona, a belly laugh from Christina….these memories will stay with me always. The spirits and personalities of these children are so inspiring. It is incredible what they have all been through in their lives, and how they have unconditional love for all of the volunteers that visit. They have no expectations, no judgement, no bitterness, no anger or resentment. If only we could all be a little bit more like the MAD kids.

So here I am, about to leave another part of my heart and soul in Tanzania. I hope to be back soon; not to pick up any of the pieces I’ve left here, but to leave more behind.

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Volunteers of MAD

My first time, but definitely not my last

I heard about Make A Difference through one of my very good friends, Taylor Mahar.  Taylor told me about all the beautiful things she saw, the wonderful work being done here by MAD and the amazing children she met. When she told me that she was planning to return, I knew that I had to make the trip and experience it all for myself. I don’t think I could have prepared to be moved so deeply by these children and their stories. They are such warm and loving little kids. Upendo with her beautiful smile, Elliona with his unconditional friendship and Peter with his incredible hugs have given Kilimanjaro Kids Care a special place in my heart. I have only just begun to get to know these kids and I want to get to know more of them. So I promise to write whenever I can and I promise that I will be back to see them again.