My winter break in Washington state with Africa’s tomorrow girls is one of the most valuable holidays of my life. It was my first time meeting these extraordinary African girls, Doctor Tanuja, and Izaak Edvalson, who is the founder of Africa’s tomorrow. I arrived in Washington State on December the 17th and to my surprise, I was warmly welcome by Izaak and Tanuja and my colleagues. They made me feel at home with that welcome. I basically received more than I expected of my colleagues and Mr. Izaak. Having stayed two weeks in Colville, Washington State, I have learned that they are people who care much about me despite their race, culture or color.
I had a lot of fun with my colleagues from Africa. Some of the fun activities I experienced are sliding, swimming, hiking on the mountains, building a snow woman, sitting in the hot tub, and playing games. We hiked 955ft of elevation. I almost gave up on the hike because I was exhausted. However, I made it to the end with the support from the hiking team. The hiking inspired me in a positive way. One lesson that I drew from the hiking was that I can make what seems impossible to me to become possible with the support of the positive people that surround me. We, also, had a family get together every night to watch movies, games, and discussions.
In addition, I had the opportunity to meet the local business owners in Colville and we did a short presentation about African Tomorrow. I also went to see a wrestling Match between Colville and DeerPark, where we met the best state wrestler of the Washington State. I wanted to compete with him, but I thought it wise to get my wrestling training before the competition.
I personally enjoyed the beauty of Colville. It is a small town surrounded by splendid mountains, forest and few rivers. It is so beautiful to see the sun set on the mountains and the endless snow. What makes this town more outstanding is the lovely people who dwell in it. We met and talked with the residents everywhere in the town. And any time we meet them, they express the interest of talking with us though they don’t know us. It amazing to me how they go to the extent of inviting us to their home for dinner and they wish we could come back individually to spend some vacation with them.
The main purpose of my winter break in Washington state was Africa’s tomorrow new year eve fundraiser and party event. However, I explored many things as mentioned above before the event. The event was very successful. We had a panel discussion, which was basically for Africa’s tomorrow women to share their stories. Then comes couple of dance and music performances. It was my first time in a party and that was super-fabulous. The event gave me the chance to meet the 2018 national teacher of the united states, Mandy Manning. She led our panel discussion and we took some selfies. we went for skiing two days after the event, and it was incredible. We had a few falls, but no one was hurt except that they had to rescue some of my colleagues with the ski rescue motor bike. Every single activity we had, every single moment we shared, every single place we went was full of love and care from Izaak Edvalson and his wife, Doctor Tanuja, and my colleagues and the people of Colville. Finally, the break ended, and we had to disperse to our various States on January the 5th, which was very sad.
To those who could not make it to our fundraiser and party, please check on Africa’s tomorrow website and give your share. We will make sure the party Champaign gets to you the next time we meet. Thanks to everyone who made this break successful for me. Mpuushapam.
It was a privilege to be part of the winter break program for Africa's Tomorrow where I was able to meet other women from different countries in Africa that I had not met before. Sharing different stories, food and backgrounds which shows the diverseness among even ourselves since each country in Africa has different tribes and languages which makes our gatherings interesting after all we are all different with different perspectives and ideas which makes our lives delightful. It was a pleasing moment that enabled me to experience many new things such as riding on the horse, bathing in a hot tub, sledding and skiing in snow. All these things I had not done them before that is why it was an astonishing experience full of fun, joy and laughter. These are the things that I will never forget in my life time.
In addition, we hiked on Colville Mountain, through 955 feet of elevation, meeting dears, wild turkey and other animals. It was during this time that one of the Africa's Tomorrow student told us a funny or interesting story: she thought that bears were not real and unicorns were. And it was also during this time that we viewed the differences among ourselves which makes our reunions to be full of happy moments that sometimes we fail to see or acknowledge.
Another reason for our winter break was the New Year's Eve event which was mainly raising funds and raising awareness of Africa's Tomorrow. And also making donors to meet Africa's tomorrow students personally in order to hear their stories and experiences so that we can create a great bond among ourselves and the donors, to also get donors to become more involved in the program. And through this event, I was able to be interviewed by the 2018 National Teacher of the year of United States, Mandy Manning.
Was not that an amazing thing? How many people in all the Fifty States of United States that want to meet Mandy Manning personally at least to have a hand shake with her? It was a blessing and an honor to meet her. Thank you everyone who has enabled me to have this chance of experiencing all these amazing things that I did not think of doing before.
More still, as we were all sharing our stories with people, I learned that all these Africa’s tomorrow students have different achievements and struggles which makes everyone unique. So the chance we were given at the event made our voices to be heard by every person and yet in some of the African countries like Uganda, women voices are not respected or even heard. however here, i have a chance to say whatever i would like the world or people to hear and each world I speak is respected. Thank you.