So, I’ve been in Kinshasa, Congo for almost 2 and a half weeks now and I’ve been trying to look at it with fresh eyes –(the fact that I’ve grown up here and have come back almost every year for the last 13 years may allow my eyes to overlook certain things..)Before Tanzania I was bent on doing something here but my heart really fell hard for Tanzania – the fact that there’s already something established there and a team of amazing people probably also plays much favor to it .
I have visited a project here in Kinshasa . It’s a project that has been there for almost 12 years and this year he will have his first batch of kids get through grade 12. It’s a different set up completely in the sense that it is only day school and not a boarding school. They had a 100 % pass rate this year which was amazing. I went to visit it last week.. I went there during an assembly. It’s an Islamic Organization as well and right now we are commemorating the last 10 days of the 40 days we commemorate the death of the grandson of the Holy Prophet. I went there and kids came up one by one reciting poetry about the death of his grandson and their faith was so passionate – it kind of made me emotional..it was a project with heart..with one man looking over it all and a place that probably needed people as much as Wipahs did – if not more..
We went and looked around and there were about 5 classrooms all packed into one block and they were squashed and it was dark. I always thought in Kibaha that the buildings and all were nice but what was happening inside those walls were more important. After I looked at the situation here – even thought this man was doing a great job – there was much work to be done. And even though here I had the advantage of knowing the language I felt fear in my heart – I wouldn’t know where to begin and I don’t know where to begin. I know I just have to get my feet wet and it’ll be fine but getting the feet wet is the hardest part. It’s the first step that’s always the hardest – the booking of the ticket – the signing for your car – the submit button on your application.
I’ve been here for 2 week and have been working and haven’t had a chance to go back to the school. I probably should because normal life is starting to set in and I don’t like it. I find myself zoning out a lot too
So Kinshasa has been my home – I was brought up here for about 10 years – they were the best years of my life and every year I do return but this time I feel like I’m armed with a bit more knowledge than the last and want to do something with it. This is me plucking up the courage to start something here – maybe putting it on paper – telling my closest friends..tellling those who have kept an eye on me through all these endeavors and encouraged me to go further…
Will post up pics asap… I usually either have the pics on me or internet – it’s kind of like electricity and hot water in Tanzania – either or – if you’re lucky both 😀