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 superfabulous. 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 shampain gets to you the next time we meet. Thanks to everyone who made this break successful for me. Mpuushapam.
What has been the most unexpected part of my experience as an African woman/student in the United States?