To summarise Joshua’s story in relation to the core principles of Amani:
RESCUING CHILDREN Finding Joshua back on the streets of Arusha with a plastic water bottle containing glue and bringing him back to Amani with us on the bus ride from hell
RESTORING HOPE Witnessing Joshua’s awesome smile return as he settled into Amani and became an Elephant
So my story comes to a close, neatly coinciding with the end of my original contract period with Amani. It has been an awesome experience and there is still a lot to tell but for now the story closes. Immigration rules and regulations allowing, I sincerely hope to extend my stay at Amani.
Personally I have travelled far during the past seven months, least of all the measurable air miles I have clocked up. I will remain in Tanzania and dearly hope to fulfill my original plan of setting aside two years to volunteer / complete my novel.