Having returned to our day jobs, and thinking that this time last week we were in the Serengeti seeing some of God’s wonderful creation in their natural habitat; it feels somewhat surreal. Here are some of our final reflections on the visit:
Despite being moved in all of the schools we have visited, this was by far the most harrowing visit. Nyumba Salaama is a safe house presently giving refuge to 52 girls. Eight workers (matron, secretary, social worker, computer teacher, sewing teacher, driver, temporary manager, Melina Galibona and a chaplain) all share the vision of protecting the girls from harm.
Bunda Girls school
Following yet another fantastic Tanzanian welcome from Deninsia, the Headmistress, three girls from Bunda girls' school were delighted when they received gifts sent from their sponsors at Halifax Trinity Academy.
With us succumbing to the effects of wobbly tums and general exhaustion from all the travelling, it has been a welcome rest this weekend. It was, however, punctuated by two notable events: seeing the sunset on the shores of Lake Victoria and the wonderfully colourful service at Musoma Cathedral yesterday.
Sad to leave, we were glad to be heading back to the hotel as it was late and the clouds were gathering. Arthur's fear was that if the rains came, the bus would not make it through the mud. Having already had the drama of the flat tyre, some of us were a little apprehensive about the journey back. This was to prove justifiable.
Having dozed off, Diane awoke suddenly to the sensation of sitting sideways, the bus listing precariously to starboard and lots of concerned voices.
We were well and truly stuck.
In the middle of nowhere.
It began to rain.