8 comments on “Volunteering in Africa

  1. Salaams Saara:
    You are doing an amazing job and are giving it your 100%. True, when you look around at all the many things that need to be addressed, your contribution may seem inadequate, and not so substantial in your own eyes. But like you said it yourself, it’s the many small changes and contributions that each volunteer like yourself bring about that drives the bigger picture. Remember the saying, “Rome was not built in one day”. So don’t loose hope, instead focus your energy on whatever that you can accomplish and in the end, many hands make the task ahead seem small and achievable. Take care and keep on telling your story.

  2. Really loved this blog. It was so nice to have a vision of what your “typical day” is. I like how you try to balance the bigger picture — working in the office, starting a textbook project — and the smaller picture — reading to the kids, spending time with the girls. Both practical and personal.
    You’re amazing Saara 🙂
    P.S. You should compile everything into a novel one day.

    • Zee, Im not amazing but I am trying to make it a tiny bit better than when I came..It’s also people like you who keep me motivated to do what I am doing so u r as much a part of this as I am 🙂

  3. I was just about to ask you today what would be your new definition of the expression “making a difference” now that you are here living it. It only comes with dedication, patience, perseverance and continuity, hopefully to feel satisfaction. Do you think that you would feel a difference or felt achievement in 2 or 3 weeks staying here or anywhere else?

    • The phrase “making a difference” deserves its own blog completely. I can’t imagine being here for only 2 to 3 weeks..I would definitely leave here unsatisfied. I think I need to see some sort of results and know that patience is something I will have to learn.

  4. This makes me want to move back home to Tanzania and find a job even half as satisfying as yours. Subahanallah i admire your determination. May Allah increase your imaan and may you attain jannah..amen.

    • I think that is the secret to happiness right..doing what you want to do. I think anybody who would come here would be as determined and so I am the one who is lucky to have been given this chance to come here and attempt to “make the difference I want to see in the world.”

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