518,400 Seconds in Tanzania
Organized by: Peter James Morawczynski
NOTE: I will accept donations after and during the trip!
So, let's do it this way, I will answer 'Who?' 'What?' 'When?' 'Why?' 'Where?'
- WHO? Here is a little about Tanzania Life Project. (The organization I am traveling with) Tanzania Life Project operates as a light and efficient organization, so that 98% of their donations go directly to their water projects. 2016 begins their 12th year as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. They take great pride in maximizing the proportion of their funds that go directly to benefit the people of Tanzania. Management of this organization is accomplished primarily by the volunteer and unpaid efforts of the Chairman and Founder, James Vanderheyden. This is the main reason for the low percentage of management expenses.
- Now, WHAT am I doing? Well, on September 10th I will be boarding a plane at MSP airport and traveling to our first layover in Amsterdam. Then, from there, we will be flying to Dar es Salaam the capitol of Tanzania. Finally, we will board a small passenger plane and will fly an hour and a half north into the Serengeti region of Tanzania. This is where we will begin our work. We will travel to various villages to do upkeep and maintenance on the pre-existing wells, and the women on our trip will be bringing and distributing feminine hygiene kits with the support from the organization Days For Girls International. When women in places like this are menstruating, they miss school, work, etc. from lack of knowledge and/or resources. Without easy access to feminine hygiene products like tampons and pads, women spend on average 3,500 days of their lifetime not being able to work or go to school. These kits include reusable, washable, and durable options for women and girls dealing with this problem. You can read all about it at their website ==> http://www.daysforgirls.org/
- WHEN? I sort of answered this one already, but I will leave on the 10th of September and will return to the states on the 19th of September.
- WHY? Since 5th grade, I have always had an interest in helping out in a bigger and better way. I didn't mind raising money or collecting donations, but I really wanted to actually be the one over there, wherever "there" might be, helping and learning in real time, from the people themselves, rather than through word of mouth and pictures. Tanzania Life Project has finally given me that opportunity. The opportunity, not to help, but to learn and grow as a person.
- WHERE? Again, I sort of already answered this one, but we will be visiting various villages in Tanzania, helping in the effort to provide clean water to the people of these villages in Tanzania.
- MY FINAL PLEA... Trips like this are not cheap, from acquiring travel visas, to purchasing plane tickets, to buying bottled water at a market, these prices all add up. I am hoping with the help of friends, family, and the people from the community I live, and have grown up in, I am hoping to raise $4,000 to help pay for this trip. I am so excited to go, especially since my dad who recently passed after a seven year battle with cancer, was so excited for me to go on the trip! Thank you so much, and anything helps! Always remember, You. Are. LOVED!