Life is great and yet life is not like this for everyone. When we are wrapped in the safety and comfort of our lives it is easy to take for granted all that we have. It is hard to imagine what life would be like without the basic necessities for survival and yet people around the world struggle with this every day. They struggle with the challenges of finding food to nourish themselves and their families. They struggle with the challenges of providing shelter that will adequately protect their families. They struggle with the challenges to provide their children with a quality education and a brighter future.
As parents, grandparents, educators, community helpers and mentors we spend so much time teaching our children what is right, what is fair, what is just. We teach them what it is to be empathetic, caring, sharing and kind to others. We teach them that everyone matters.
Mom2Mom Africa, a local non-profit organization, is an incredible example of what it is to act upon these principles that we teach. Mom2Mom Africa provides funding to build schools, support families, and provide quality education to children in Tanzania. It was with great privilege and excitement that Joanne and I accepted the invitation to join Mom2Mom Africa as they were traveling to visit the schools, families and children in Arusha, Tanzania.
With the families and children as our inspiration we challenged ourselves to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and to raise money for Mom2Mom Africa. The funds that we raise will be going towards Mom2Mom Africa's "Sustainability Project”. The "Sustainability Project" was designed to build upon the efforts of the Cheti Schools and to ensure the schools continue to be self-sufficient and equipped to provide the best environment for students to learn. This project includes building a well that can support vegetable gardens and hens, providing food for the students and acting as a source of income for the schools.
Our fundraising efforts are in full swing right now as we are looking to our family, friends, neighbors, community and businesses to help us raise money for an amazing organization that is working to make this world a better place for all. Please help us reach our goal. Visit www.mom2momafrica.ca/barafu-challenge to donate to our climb. Your contributions are shaping the lives of children and families and we are incredibly grateful for your support!!