We start the story here with 9 year old Mary Grace in Tanzania, Africa. It is the summer between 3rd and 4th grade and I wason a photo safari with my family.
It is so beautiful here!
While we were in Africa, we made sure to take time to help the community. That day we had scheduled to go to an orphanige in the town nearby our lodge we were staying at for that portion of the trip. When we pulled into the lot in our jeep, the children welcomed us with open arms. They were so kind and happy that we were there
The children told us of how they were orphaned. Most of their parents had conracted AIDS and died. They were left to fend for themselves. The older children looked after the younger children, as the was not nearly enough adult supervision. The children attended school at the ophanage until high school where they left the orphanage and went to the local school.
Hi! I am Witness and I am 14.
Hi Witness! I am Mary Grace and I am 9. I am from America.
Witness showed me their prison-like living situation. She told me about life at the orphanage and how she aspired to further educate herself and how she wants to become a teacher so that she can help children like her.
Every night, there are usually 3-5 kids per bed. Some sleep on the floor.
The children then danced and sang for us. It was amazing how joy-filled and kind these children were despite their predicament.
That night once I was back in my heated bed at the villa, I began to think. How lucky I was to be able to have access to what I thought were basic ammenities. How were the children so happy? The children from the orphanage taught me the importance of being grateful for what you hav. They caused me to truly appreciate every opportunity I was given and to thank God every day for my blessings. I will never forget those children. Witness and I still keep in touch. My experiences also taught me that having friends from all over the worls is an amazing experience.