Brie's Transportation to Kibosho
Organized by: Brie Kawalek
In 2013, thanks to the United States Fulbright Comission, I was enable to embark on the journey of a lifetime. I left for Germany in August 2013 to be a language teaching assistant. Recently, I have been informed that the German government has awarded me with a similar grant in order to teach at another German school for the 2014/2015 school year.
Over the past year in Germany I have met many very talented, influential and motivated teachers, students, and travelers. Among these inspirational people that I have had the pleasure of meeting, is one of my roommates. He is a medical student at Philipps Universität in Marburg, the city in Germany in which I currently live. He has just completed a year serving and studying in a village called Kibosho in Tanzania, Africa. My roommate Chris was personally moved by the poor medical conditions and HIV crisis in the village where he was living, and the number of men, women and children infected. He came back with a passion for the people he had met and a deep rooted desire to help. His passion spread like wildfire as I watched him tell everyone he knew about this cause. After being there, getting to know the people and realizing that we can do something to help, he put a plan into action.
From Chris, I learned about the poor conditions in the hospitals and schools. I learned that when children can't afford their school supplies that they are often beaten. And I learned that young girls with HIV feel they have no other choice than to lie about their disease in order to find a man's support, leading to children being born with the disease. But I also learned that I can help.
I may not be a medical student, as most people going to Tanzania in August are, but I will play a role in this trip. After working in various classrooms through AmeriCorps and Fulbright, I have gained enough classroom experience to be a valuable member of this team. While my focus will be on the children and schools, I will also be the only native English speaker, as my colleagues will all be from Germany. This will mean that I will be a translator as needed. However, while my colleagues will spend a lot of their time in the hospitals, I will be working with the children. I would like to spend ten days getting to know them and visiting them at their schools if this is possible. By the end of the visit I will have collected stories and pictures from the children. I will return to Germany with these pictures and writings and I will find sponsors for the children. The children will receive money for school supplies, medicine and anything they are in need of.
I am writing to you to ask for your support in any way that you are willing to give it. The flight to Tanzania will cost over 900 dollars. I am continuing to save for this trip, but I would appreciate any help I can get. When I return to Germany, my work will continue, and my success in finding sponsors for as many children as I can will be increased after personally getting to know them. If you are not interested in donating money for my transportation, but are willing to help our organization (committed to supporting and improving the healthcare system in Kibosho) get its feet off the ground please copy and paste the following link into your browser:
Otherwise, I would greatly appreciate any donations to help me get to Tanzania. Donations to both groups are more than welcome.
Thank you for your time!