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.