Marsha Tyler (Arizona)

Marsha Tyler (Arizona)

February 2016 Visit to Leaders of Tomorrow Children’s Home/UAACC

My name is Marsha Tyler, and I unfortunately have not had the opportunity to attend a Make A Difference, but I have met Pete, Charlotte, and the kids on one of my safari trips with Safari Kay.  We didn’t spend much time there, but I was so touched by the kids and the efforts of Pete’s and Charlotte’s Leaders of Tomorrow program.

A year or so after my trip, around 2015, my son, Michael Coleman, was preparing to attend a Make A Difference.  As his contribution, he decided to buy each child their own personal tablet and train them on the apps they could use with them.  Michael and I work together on so many projects that I decided to donate to the tablet purchase and assist him with the set-up of each tablet so the tablets would be ready to use and contained the name of each child in order to keep track of them.

While spending hours during this set-up, it dawned on me that the tablets should have cases to protect them. Purchasing cases was beyond our efforts, but being the craft person that I am, I decided that I could make the cases for them. So, I made tablet ‘sleeves’ out of foam sheets and hand-stitched them with embroidery thread and closed them with a giant button.

Michael then immediately knew what an additional one of his activities with the kids would be. They would have a ‘creation’ day of decorating their own tablet cover.  Craft decorations of all kinds, glitter, paint pens, etc. were all laid out on the table and the kids went at it.

I was so thrilled to see the pictures of delight on the kid’s faces as they let their imagination go to work in personalizing ‘their’ tablet. There were so many creative ideas. Seeing about 24 colorfully creative covers laid out on the table was such a thrill!

The joy that the day brought them also brought me joy in knowing I could contribute in such a small way while not being there and still have a major impact.  Contributing in even a small way to the lives of these children is important and impactful and goes a long way. A few dollars donated to the school or directly to one child can have a major impact to their daily and future lives. Thank you, Pete and Charlotte, Safari Kay and Make a Difference, and anyone else that have assisted these children. They are our future and I think the world is going to be blessed with their talents. Good luck and God bless them!

If you’ve been inspired by our guest’s stories, please feel free to donate to our worthy organization. No matter how small, even $1 from everyone who reads this will go towards the education and living expenses for our children in Tanzania. Donate Here.



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3 years ago

WOW Marsha you did a beautiful job!

3 years ago

Awesome Job Marsha and watching the kids be so creative in designing their cover was a wonderful experience, each so proud of their personalized sleeve.

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