Two days ago I came home to Norway after spending one month in Tanzania. You know, when you travel you get so many impressions and sometimes they are quite hard to digest. And I think that is something I’m feeling right now.
During my holiday I’ve seen so much and heard quite a few disturbing things. When you are visiting a third world country you are prepared that things will be different and you know that not everything will be nice.
One of my reasons for going to Tanzania is because I have a sponsor child there. On the 27th of July I went to visit her in her village. It was so overwhelming because when we came out of the car she came running towards me and gave me the biggest hug ❤️ We sat down outside of their house and she disappeared for a while. When she came back she had put on a dress to look nice for me. We sat for a while together talking while she was sitting on my lap holding my hands. While I was sitting there observing the surroundings I looked at her little sister. She is about one year old and she was crawling on the ground in the dirt. She was so dirty that not even her mother wanted to hold her. They had wrapped her diaper in plastic to probably make it last longer. While I was sitting there all these thoughts came to my mind. Why is the world so unfair? How come some people struggle every day to survive while others have so much money that they don’t know what to do with it…
While I was with Plan International we went to look at two of the projects they have participated on. First we went to look at the school my sponsor child is attending. The school area itself was not big, with a few buildings for classrooms and one room for the teachers. In this school there is 1200 children and 39 teachers. Every class has 100 children sharing 2 teachers. The condition of the classroom were not good, with broken wood benches. In so many ways it was very disturbing to see because I know how important education is for the development of every country.
The other project we went to see was a health care center. Here Plan International had participated in building the houses and provided the equipment. They showed me the delivery room where they had two broken beds. Normally they just used one of them, but if there were a crises they had to use both. So then two woman would be lying right next to each other giving birth. In this room they delivered around 6 children every day. They were missing equipment and their scale was broken so for every child that was born they had to guess the weight. I got goosebumps and thought that I would never have wanted to give birth in this place.
My encouragement to everyone is to join an organization that provides help to third world countries!! For you it’s just a small amount of money every month, but it will help so many people that really needs it. My two examples above is the proof that not enough people care about what’s going on in the rest of the world, because they don’t have enough money to maintain what has already been provided. Don’t be selfish, care!!