"Asante, Asante Sana!"
This week an incredible team of Canadians and Tanzanians collaborated to support, serve and spread love in the Songea region of Southern Tanzania.
|New mural in the reception area of St. Norbert's Clinic|
As we drove down the bumpy red dirt road and pulled into the small but mighty community of Bombambili we were greeted in true Tanzania style - we ate, we danced and we sang.
Over the course of the week our team developed strong friendships and the deepest respect for our Tanzanian counterparts, who possess endless amounts of energy, exude positivity in the most challenging of situations and whose resilience and resourcefulness are remarkable.
Between the dancing and the singing and the painting of the clinic walls our team offered medical services to 725 community members; children, elderly and mothers.
The gratitude we were shown was overwhelming, children touched our heads and the elderly got down on the floor to show how much they appreciated our presence. The words "asante, asante sana" (thank you, thank you very much) could be heard from the community hall to the water pump to the medical clinic. As I write this I find myself still singing the words, a tune that will be forever ingrained in my mind and my heart.
When asked how it feels to have someone In Canada sponsor his education, a young man struggled to find the words and then replied "special". I think I can speak for everyone on the Canadian team when I say that we too feel special - special, blessed, fortunate and honored to have the privilege to be part of such a incredible experience.
Sometimes when words are had to find a simple smile says it all...