SATURDAY, JUNE 16

We are thrilled to be in Tanzania on the Day of The African Child on June 16th, an event originally initiated by the African Union to commemorate the 1976 march in Soweto, South Africa, when thousands of African school children took to the streets to protest against the inferior quality of their education and to demand the right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of children were shot down and in the two weeks of protest that followed; over a hundred people were killed and over a thousand injured. This event is to honor the memory of the deceased and the courage of all those who marched, to celebrate the lives of children across Africa and draw attention to the issues that many of them face – and remind us of how failure to protect childrens rights under the Convention of the Rights of the Child continue to shame the world to this day.

There has been change for the good but there’s still much to be done. We can’t accept the way things are and we can’t ignore the suffering of the innocent. Like Thadeus, we know in our hearts orphaned and vulnerable children need hope, protection, nurturing and a chance to discover the opportunities they deserve. Along with others, we share his dream for them to have a brighter future! I believe we can all do our part to make this a reality for children everywhere in the world.

It IS possible and it starts with each of us doing whatever we can. Want to get involved? Join our Facebook page, come out to (or volunteer at) the upcoming ‘Brighten Our Future’ event in T.O this fall (details will follow), contribute financially to the organization (100% proceeds go to GOEC), and continue to follow my updates during the month of June to be a part our visit to Bukoba! We also need more sponsors for the GOEC 'Neighborhood Children' project. Follow the link below for more info.

I hope to post a picture of our celebration with the kids from the Orphanage on this special day. We are looking forward to spending some time with them on the shores of Lake Victoria, with snacks, games & beach fun! Each minute is precious when spent with these children - if only we could find a way to bring Canada & Tanzania closer together...for now, we'll cherish each memory and when we leave, keep them close in our heart until next we meet...

Asante Sana, thank you!

~Miranda

Interested in sponsoring a child from the neighborhood program?  Find out more here:
http://www.gerladina.com/the-neighborhood-children