blog from diana
Please accept my greatest apologies for not attending to the blog earlier. I am now back in home land, Tasmania.
My time in Tarime and the Trans Mara was full with no spare time.
By the time my day finished, as with ohers, it was dark and email was closed.
We sifted through many ideas, people, communities, organisations and needs. At first it was extremely overwhelming, as one would imagine.
Leanne, Ange and myself visited 6 different communities in the Tarime District during our first week. We saw endless orphans, elderly, sick, poor, the local primary schools, as well as the village elders and chiefs. Unfortunately, we did’nt have the container and the ambulance which Carol Northeast, Penny Padgett, Kate Thompson, Sonia Clifford, Gill Reid, Fiona Sherring and Lisa Cummins had tirelessly worked in Tasmania to raise money for and acquire. Anyway, we made the most of our time and researched the needs and requests of the beautiful people in the communities of Tarime.
We found that HIV has wiped out nearly a whole generation of people, between the ages of 20 – 50 hence the huge numbers of orphans. The elderly are the ones that care for these children. They battle with minimal resources, clothing, bedding, minimal or no health care and of course no money.
The biggest request we got from the orphans was a request for education. Primary education is free, apart from the purchase of school stationary and uniforms which equates to $50.00 per year. Sadly, this is even out of the reach for many. Secondary education, costs at least $300.00 per year which is not and option for the majority, let alone the orphans and the poor.
The primary schools were extremely spartan, no books, no libaries, no water, not even electricity. The needs for these community primary schools are huge. Georgie, Sarah and Harry were priveleged to see all this. Such an eye opener for them. The first community we visited, Kiterere, Georgie and Harry went to interview orphans. They were swamped and overwhelmed by the despiration of these children. The children panicked and overcrowded Georgie and Harry, marking it virtually impossible to interview. The community was near impossible to control and contain due to their excess desperation. We are their only hope, if we don’t help then who will.
Must log off now but will be back shortly, as have much to share with you all.