My name is Carmelo. I try to go on the Make A Difference Safari along with my wife, Lauren, every year, if possible. So far, so good!
(Note: Carmelo is being very modest. Since 2016, he’s been visiting the children who reside at UAACC, and is planning for 2021).
Every time we go, other participants often bring with them either something to teach, a fun activity, a story, or contribute with their own specialty trade.
Months prior to me leaving for any of these trips, I’m always deeply thinking about what I should teach the kids next in such a short amount of time and keeping within the varying age ranges of all the kids. Every single time, the ideas fully come to me just days before the trip – and no matter how simple or how complex of subject matter I think I bring, the kids soak up the experience and it always ends up being a great time.
Bringing a deep story? Great! How about educating on space travel? No problem. Unique Games? Easy. Teaching procedural thinking (for computer programming)? Definitely! They excelled at it.
The kids we work with are all quite intelligent and bright with big plans for their future. What Pete, (Founder) Charlotte Co-Founder), and the UAACC team have done and are doing with the children is amazing and commendable.
Since I’ve been going every year, I’m sure I will meet you there. In fact, you might want to think about September 2021 for the next big Make A Difference trip, and our safari for then will be a very special one.
Note: Carmelo has come up with the most unique games and activities for the children, so his always ‘not knowing’ what he will share, seems to really get the kids juices flowing, and are always the most innovative of activities…Kay)
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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.