So Gill, what’s it all about?

Looking back over the entries of this journal of my new life, I find the above question screaming at me, you guys must be getting impatient by now waiting for the answer. Let’s give it a go together and see what we come up with.

Join me on a brief definition of life a per pro Gill/Teacher Gilly/Madame Jelly/Mama Africa and the latest accolade I was greeted with yesterday – Madame Bibi, (Madame Grandmother!!!).

WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT FOR ME

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Good Hope aims to provide a comprehensive community support programme to the HIV/AIDS affected, sick, lonely, vulnerable and poverty-stricken within the local Majengo and neighbouring districts.

It aims to provide and promote love and support in the community.

Good Hope does this in two ways – education and home visits:

Watching them grow up into super cool young people with an education
Watching them grow up into super cool young people with an education
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Personal fave
Tomorrow's generation
Tomorrow’s generation

 

Starting secondary school Monday 13th April 2015
Starting secondary school Monday 13th April 2015
Random acts of kindness - DESKS at last
Random acts of kindness – DESKS at last
Happiness
Happiness and joy with newborn Daniel
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Fun and Joy
SOME of the 35 sponsored kids in education programmes
A few of the 35 sponsored kids now in education programmes

THE REALITY

  • 18-year-old HIV positive orphan thrown out of  the family home when pregnancy discovered.
  • Possible ADHD symptoms confused with autism.
  • Kids who walk for three hours each way to get to Good Hope just because “I need education.”
  • Saying goodbye to one of the longest attending students at Good Hope as he embarks on a secondary school education 4 years after finishing primary school.
  • Taking a 19-year-old girl away from her year old baby to return to education in a private boarding school.
  • Hearing impairment defined as deafness and future career choices limited to vocational training as a carpenter or mechanic despite academic achievements.
  • Kids that write thank you notes that promise to study hard and mean it.
  • Kids left with grandmothers after father’s die and mother’s flee, only then to lose grandmother and be passed to aunt’s who already have 4 or 5 children of their own and can’t cope.
  • Communities with little or no funds that willingly chip in toward the cost of a child’s education when asked to.
  • An education system that doesn’t recognise the talent and ability of the kids it excludes from its schools.
  • Families with nothing who ask for nothing and yet share their little food willingly and sincerely.
  • Guardians and educators who use sticks on their wards.
  • Kids that watch movies for the first time in their lives on volunteer’s lap tops or I – pads.
  • Kids who are HIV positive from birth.

Right now Good Hope is what it’s all about for me. I am truly blessed to have been able to stay within the project for nigh on a year. That length of time has created a stability within the organisation that is much-needed. I can honestly say I have helped, and will continue to help, to make a difference.

I could not have done this without the love and support of family and friends, both new and old. The kindness and generosity of people that I have witnessed since being in Tanzania is truly amazing and restores my faith in the goodness of mankind. Pick up your daily newspaper and scan the front page, I challenge you. Does that inspire you to believe in the intrinsic goodness and ability to love and give within us all?

The writing is here and is a massive part of my life but for the moment my work at Good Hope is where I am at and I am very happy to be here. I am also very happy and content knowing that I have a flight booked to return to Norway in July to see my wonderful son, daughter in law and family.

After that …

Crazy lady
Dotty Old Bat

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