"Do not try to satisfy your vanity by teaching a great many things. Awaken people's curiosity. It is enough to open minds, do not overload them. Put there just a spark. If there is some good inflammable stuff, it will catch fire."
Wow does time go fast? 5 months into our second year already and look how far we've come! Looks like we've made our goal for our car fundraising thanks to some very generous donations and help from all of you:)
Vinnie and I can't wait to get on that plane in June and head over there, not only to introduce Vinnie to everybody in person but to get you folks some new pictures, updates and news on how it's all going! We hope to put several new plans into action while over there, just one more month to wait!
Here's a saying for you all; for those of you who have been lucky enough to feel the intensity of an experience in Africa, for those of you who have yet to taste the unique african air, and for those of you who are just an instant away from stepping off the plane, I think you will all still feel connected to this mystifying country in some way.
“The real Africa is the one they never show you. The real Africa is hidden beneath a veneer of poverty and hunger and death: a cancerous mass on the face of the Earth that the rest of the world term homogenous 'Africa'. The real Africa is submerged underneath corruption and greed, underneath tyranny and an ostentatious elite, underneath the faces of the people they cannot feed. The real Africa is buried beneath shanty towns rife with dirt and disease, where children are forced to grow up much too quickly to survive. The real Africa is concealed under a no-man's land of desert, bare and dry and unable to sustain green and healthy life.
No, that's not the real Africa. The Africa I know. The Africa that is reflected in the warm sunshine that you can feel burning inside you. The Africa that shines from a warm, spontaneous smile. The Africa that is at the heart of sky-high mountains and tropical jungle, of golden sand dunes and lush, green grasslands. The Africa that is at the heart of different peoples, different languages, different cultures, different identities who all call this their home. The land where 'moyo muti unomera pauno.'Where roots take hold and don't let go, solid as the Baobab Tree that has always been and will always be there, standing steady and solid against the menaces of time. My Africa is where my heart resides, even when I am long gone and far away, where my mind drifts across the distance of a never-ending ocean. The real Africa can be smelt the minute you step off the plane onto African soil and feel the air calling you, beckoning you home. The real Africa is the chaos and calm that exist side by side as honking cars zoom past on streets that run parallel to cows grazing peacefully in a field. This is the real Africa, the one they never show. This is the place I call home.”