|SCAW & Upendo volunteers celebrate the final photo|
From Tanzania 2008 Photo Album
Up at four .. on the road by five ... seemed like a long day ahead.
As we drove in the dark, we were amazed to see scores of children already on their way to school. Our van was unusually quiet as we were wistfully aware this was our final distribution. We left the main highway and turned off onto a seemingly endless and rutted red dirt road which led to the village of Magindu. At 7 a.m., the schoolyard was already a beehive of activity. It became even busier as the trucks unloaded the mattresses and blankets. SCAW and Upendo volunteers set to work tying up mattresses and completing the bedkits by adding the blankets.
The children in this remote area seemed apprehensive about our presence and received their bedkits with cautious smiles. Once again, the decorum and patience of the children was remarkable. For us, the most joyous part of the day was spotting the children wending their way home with their bedkits as we headed back to Dar in the van.
Today, the highlight of the distribution was seeing a child arrive at the entrance of his home. We jumped out of the van and approached his mother who graciously permitted us to take photos. Mama was in the process of weaving twine across a hand-hewn stick frame in anticipation of the mattress.
Hopefully the photos will bring the experience to life for our readers.
Somewhat subdued we returned to the van.
Whatever will we do tomorrow?
Karen, Michael & Linda
for Team Tanzania
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