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Elize: energy, passion and love - part I


Elize: energy, passion and love - part I

“One of our activities is called 'circle time', in which children tell their stories. Child abuse is a great problem in this country. We have a garden where we grow our own vegetables, some of which are sold to buy corn. We also teach the children how to recycle properly.

We have about six-seven improvised classrooms where we teach the children to sing, play instruments, the history and geography of Tanzania, and English: their only hope in this country and its strong tourist trade”.

We cross one of the many banana plantations in Mto Wa Mbu and with Elize, the orphanage coordinator, and some of the volunteers who just got here from Holland …

1 banana plantation mto wa mbu village tanzania kiss from the world travel and people magazine2 giulia alfarano elize machteld speets volunteers twiga foundation mto wa mbu village tanzania kiss from the world travel and people magazine

… we get to the Sarakasi House, which is the name of the rented building in which the children stay. Elize is incredibly enthusiastic about this place, she talks to us with such admiring passion and determination …

3 domenico pacifico photojournalist elize machteld speets twiga foundation mto wa mbu village tanzania kiss from the world travel and people magazine

She shows us the vegetable garden they cultivate and from which they manage to earn something by selling part of the harvest; they improvise classrooms with a simple sheet supported only by timber…

4 elize machteld speets vegetable garden twiga foundation mto wa mbu village tanzania kiss from the world travel and people magazine5 student classroom twiga foundation mto wa mbu village tanzania kiss from the world travel and people magazine

… separate waste collection.

6 landfill twiga foundation mto wa mbu village tanzania kiss from the world travel and people magazine

We go inside. While the children study in very small classrooms that also act as offices and storage room…

7 student classroom twiga foundation mto wa mbu village tanzania africa kiss from the world magazine travel and people8 student classroom twiga foundation mto wa mbu village tanzania africa kiss from the world magazine travel and people

… there’s people making food for everybody.

9 woman cut tomatoes twiga foundation mto wa mbu village tanzania kiss from the world travel and people magazine10 cook kitchen twiga foundation mto wa mbu village tanzania kiss from the world travel and people magazine

We talk to the teachers, the volunteers, and then …

11 teacher twiga foundation mto wa mbu village tanzania kiss from the world travel and people magazine12 volunteers twiga foundation mto wa mbu village tanzania kiss from the world travel and people magazine

… we all sit together under a tree and listen to the story of Paulo, a boy who had to hunt birds to eat.

13 elize machteld speets volunteers twiga foundation mto wa mbu village tanzania kiss from the world travel and people magazine14 paulo twiga foundation mto wa mbu village tanzania kiss from the world travel and people magazine

We found out their world, their energy …

15 boys twiga foundation mto wa mbu village tanzania kiss from the world travel and people magazine16 man child twiga foundation mto wa mbu village tanzania kiss from the world travel and people magazine

… they play, they sing, they dance … Do you want to read the whole report? Go to Travelbook and I Peolpe.

17 boys drum precussion twiga foundation mto wa mbu village tanzania kiss from the world travel and people magazine18 domenico pacifico photojournalist boys singing twiga foundation mto wa mbu village tanzania kiss from the world travel and people magazine
19 domenico pacifico photojournalist elize machteld speets twiga foundation mto wa mbu village tanzania kiss from the world travel and people magazine

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I was in Mto wa Mbu from august till december 2009 and I worked for Twiga Foundation. It is very nice and moving to see everybody back in these movie especially all the children. Iwill also like to make a small but very important correction: Twiga Foundation is not an orphanage! This is very important. The children are taken care of and protected but they are not taken out of the community. They live in families in the community. Soem of them are orphans and then they live with other relatives e.g grandparents or aunts. Soem live in a foster family but it is important to note that they live inthe communtity and that they and also their families are supported by Twiga Foundation. What they can do themselves they do and we support them with what they don't manage and help them to reach their own goals, with an emphasis on education to do so. kiss from Tinene van Beers, Oegstgeest, The Netherlands.


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