Where do I even begin? The prospect of being able to go visit and hang out with this group of kids was overwhelming. I knew I would instantly fall in love, and some friends even joked, “You’re not bringing kids home with you, are you?”
Here’s what I learned – these children are loved. These children are raised as a family. These children are blessed to experience Baba Pete, Mama C, and Mwajabu. The environment that has been nurtured to its current state is remarkable, and such a blessing to all those who encounter it. Not just the children. Not just those staffing it. I am talking about every person who has the good fortune to spend some time there.
There is a particular girl, Theresa, who is pictured with me in the attached photo. At first glance, some have said she looks sad. Absolutely not the case. She had been twirling and twirling while we were dancing and made herself sick to her stomach from all of the spinning! She is a joyful child in a happy place.
Also attached is a picture of my husband playing charades with Theresa as his partner. What a fun time we all had with that, and what impressed me so much was how the older kids would patiently explain things to the younger ones when they didn’t understand. Truly a family – they are taught the most important foundational principles of community and care here.
Kay, I can’t wait to visit them again, and they are in my heart forever.
What else can I provide you? I can write multiple stories – I was touched by their age groups each having a theme song they perform together (Don’t Give Up On Me and Lean On Me are both on my Africa playlist, which I go to often to lift my spirits); the way Joshua slipped into his own zone when he danced. Pete generously giving us his OWN room to sleep in. Beautiful, selfless people.
Yes, it is absolutely true, I learned a LOT from this experience!
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It was 2008 when my parents asked me to live in UAACC. At that time I was 5 years old. I did not know how to talk I was very scared. But after few days I captured the environment over there in UAACC. In UAACC I lived with other people but always my fellow leaders of tomorrow.
In 2017 I was in from 1 at ngongongare secondary school. In from ii I done my national examination and I got division I when. I entered form iii. UAACC and friends of UAACC decided to shift me to another school known as renea girls secondary school at njiro.
Visiting with the children on two of our trips to Tanzania made our trips complete. One would think the safaris, wild animals, or the food would be top on the list, but, it’s not. The graciousness of our host, whom I respectfully call “Mr. Pete,” and his wife,
Mama Kay asked us to share our words about our experience from the time we lived at the Leaders of Tomorrow Children’s Home. These are my words.