Kivani Sand Dam Project Underway!

SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2017: Hello everyone! Thank you so much for your generous donations to my Lovin Africa Project. Recently after we reached our goal of around $500, I discovered that the money we raised throughout August will be contributing to the Kivani Community in Southeastern Kenya. The Kivani Commuity is made up of three different…

Lovin Africa Project

Mambo! I have just ended my medical volunteer journey in Arusha, Tanzania. There are no amount of words to fully describe the love I have for the people, the volunteers, and the area. My trip has altered my perspective of the world, showing me a life where people are trying to survive every single day….

PHOTO MADNESS

I just wanted to share with you guys the rest of the photos that have depicted my love for Africa and the other volunteers! UPENDO, SOPHIA CAO

Kwaheri!

JULY 21ST 12:00 AM: My trip has ended. I cannot tell you how many times I broke down crying at theHaus hostel as well as at the airport. Meeting all the other volunteers and experiencing so many new things in Arusha, Tanzania have been phenomenal. As I packed around 8:00 PM, I imagined what my…

Adorable Children Everywhere

JULY 20TH AT 12:00 PM: We went to a primary school today! These little cuties running around chasing each other. Who wouldn’t love this? In the morning, we went on a bus to a Masai school in order to teach them hygiene and nutrition. When we arrived, THERE WERE CHILDREN EVERYWHERE! This was my area…

We’re Drinking Goat Blood?!

JULY 19TH AT 6:00 PM: I don’t know how to describe today’s events. I am still speechless from what I saw and could’ve done. Well, let me tell you what happened nine hours ago… We were going to a Maasai village! The Maasai people reside in northern Tanzania and have their own culture, language, and…

It’s Freezing Cold!

JULY 16TH AT 3:00 PM: I’m freezing and trembling. Why? OUR GROUP WENT TO MOUNT MERU WATERFALLS! Today, we began with a guided hike at Mount Meru Waterfalls. With the four-week volunteers, we all hiked up a path and then down to the waterfalls. I didn’t know what to expect, but when we arrived, the…

Hakuna Matata

JULY 15TH AT 6:00 PM: SAFARI DAY! Today was indescribable. Although there were lots of up and downs, it was a fun time with the whole group! The morning started off a little bit rough. When the safari truck came, we were shocked and so excited to enter it. Well, it smelled like piss and…

We Helped 70 Patients!

JULY 13TH AT 6:00 PM: Wow. I have no words to describe the feelings I experienced today. When Daniella told us the amount of people we helped at the medical outreach in Engikaret, a rural area, I could not comprehend the shocking revelation. Around 9:00 AM, the volunteers including me traveled to Engikaret for a…

Dancing my Way Through Arusha

JULY 12TH AT 3:00 PM: This morning, we experienced an educational HIV/TB Workshop as well as a clinic visit with Dr. Lynette. It was a two-hour long lecture that felt never-ending, but was an informative learning session. We then had a medical outreach training taught by Dr. Kivuyo for tomorrow’s journey to Engikaret, the rural…

A New Beginning

JULY 9TH AT 6:00 PM: I had slowly come to terms with the Tanzanian culture and other volunteers. Lots more volunteers came during the morning and we had a huge group lunch (IT WAS PIZZA). Everyone sat together eating the variety of pizzas and we enjoyed our time. I met many more people from different…

Tanzania Cultural Shock

JULY 8TH AT 1:45 AM: I had just arrived at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Oh god. The longest journey I ever had, alone. Whoever thought that me, a timid Asian girl, would go to Arusha, Tanzania. I remember the year before, the prospect of going to Africa was scary and challenging, but becoming a medical volunteer…