yep, i’m off. today is the day. OMG, I REALLY AM HEADED TO TANZANIA!!
here’s a little timeline of where i’ll be visiting and photographing, while i’m there:
June 5th – arrive in the evening
June 6th – settle in
June 7th – usa river academy
June 8th – matonyok and kkoaranga (two partner orphanages)
June 9th – 19th – RIDETZ
June 18th – end-of-ride celebration at pangani
June 19th – return to arusha
June 20th – office, catch-up, rest, tour arusha, etc.
June 21st – back to matonyok (orphanage)
June 22nd – star high (secondary school scholarship students)
June 23rd - usa river academy
June 24th – good hope and special needs school
June 25th – nkoaranga and seeway (orphanages)
June 26th – depart
to be completely honest, this is still all so surreal. i’m not sure it’s going to completely hit me until i step off the plane in tanzania. but one thing is for sure — this is an absolute dream-come-true and i am beyond grateful for this opportunity.
while in africa, i will have very, very little internet access; however, i have an inspirational photographer series scheduled to launch, while i’m away — i hope you’ll enjoy!
also, ‘the foundation for tomorrow’ will be sharing some of my tanzania photographs throughout the month, so please keep an eye on their blog. and of course, i have no doubt that i’ll have so much to share once i’m back home.
and a quick fundraising update: i’m beyond thrilled to share that so far, i’ve raised almost $4000 for ‘the foundation for tomorrow’, although i’m still hoping and believing that i will reach my $5000 goal for them. if interested, you can still donate here. also, i will be bringing over 100 pounds of donated items to the children of tanzania — items that were donated by people from all across the country. truly amazing!
thank you for all your support and encouragement. i feel so incredibly blessed and grateful. thank you! thank you!
and a special thank you to my husband, for his never-ending love, support and encouragement. and to my mother-in-law, kate…this trip wouldn’t have been possible without her kindness and support.
ETA: i’m still a bit of an emotional mess. wondering if i’ve done everything. packed everything. remembered everything. not only for myself, but also for my kids (the littles will be spending a month in NV and kiele will be spending two months in CA). i try to keep reminding myself that i’ve done the best that i could and…