Time is flying by here in Tanzania! Stephen, Katie, and I only have a little over a week here at Sun Rise of Life before we head off on the second leg of our adventure. This weekend we were supposed to climb Mount Kilimanjaro but we decided that we wanted to spend more time with the kids and make sure that all of the projects we have started are finished before we go.
Last week seven of the volunteers here at Sunrise went on a four day safari to three different national parks including Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro. While we were on safari we were lucky enough to see "The Big Five" which include buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant, and rhino. We were also lucky enough to see many other animals including a cheetah and her two cubs, which our guide said he hadn't seen in over a year. Most of the animals that we saw on safari were literally right outside or windows and they could have jumped in our vehicle at any point if they wanted to. We were also warned at night to be careful if you had to go to the bathroom because you never knew what animal might be wandering through the camp sight and the night that we camped out on the rim of a old volcano in Ngorongoro National park you could hear a lion growling outside of our tent maybe 500 feet away.
This last Thursday night Stephen, Katie, and I went with some older Sunrise of Life boys to do a night outreach for kids who are currently still living on the streets of Arusha. Many of these kids are on the streets because of bad family situations and either ran away from the situation or their parents could no longer take care of them for many different reasons. Also, many of the kids are addicted to glue which they sniff in order to keep the hunger pains away. Because of their addictions these kids are not suitable to be placed at a center like Sunrise of Life and there is no where for them to get clean so they are basically stuck out on the streets. Many of the boys have had little to no education and because they are so much older then the kids at their education level they have no hope to be put back in school because they can be a danger to younger kids at their education level. For the outreach there were 13 of us went out 25 loaves of bread and 45 juice boxes to hand out to the kids and Katie brought basic medical supplies so that she could treat open wounds. It was an amazing and eye opening experience for me knowing that some of the kids at Sunrise of life had been living out on those exact streets just a few years ago.
In just a little over a week Stephen, Katie and I will be leaving for Zanzibar and then off to our adventure in the southern part of Africa. I hopefully will be able to post one more time before we leave SOL telling about all of the projects we were able to accomplish. Then once we are traveling it will hopefully be easier for me to access the internet.
Hope all is well back home!