The past couple months have been a whirlwind of amazing experiences and adventures. We have all learned so much that we will be able to contribute to both our professional and personal lives. We have visited places and met people that we will remember forever. It’s hard to believe that tomorrow, we will be packing up our belongings and heading our separate ways. I know that we will be taking a piece of Tanzania home with each of us. During our time here, we have come to understand the value of being present, and showing care to others. I have realized the importance of simplifying life and embracing diversity, and have learned not to miss out on opportunities to form meaningful relationships, for fear of saying goodbye.
When we first arrived here in Tanzania, we quickly learned the phrase “T.I.A”, which means “This Is Africa”. We’ve been using this phrase to describe instances that would probably never happen in Canada, like doors falling off of vehicles while driving, waiting “ten minutes” for rice and beans that turns into an hour and a half, or people falling asleep on you while riding public transit. After visiting Nkoaranga Hospital this afternoon to drop off some last minute donations, we received the warmest of farewells. It’s moments like that when you realize how deeply you’ve been moved by the people you’ve met. Like the saying, “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone,” you don’t realize how blessed you’ve been until you take a moment to acknowledge the significance of the relationships you’ve formed. When we go home, we will remember the funny things that we brushed off saying “T.I.A.,” but more importantly, we will look back and smile, saying “THIS is Africa.”
We are looking forward to sharing our stories and experiences with everyone back home. We are so thankful for all those who have supported us through this journey. We could not have done this without you. We really appreciate the love and encouragement that we have received. THANK YOU!