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My first mission on this beautiful and vast continent was to bring new clothing, school & hospital supplies, and nutritional supplements to a group of orphans in Tanzania. In the fall of 2005, I started taking a part of my weekly paycheck and earmarked it to help underprivileged children … where, had not even been decided. Time passed and my then fiancée started planning to lead a trip to the Serengeti and to climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Ah, contributing to orphans in that area was the answer! I told a few people what I wanted and in no time, an area serving 800 orphans in Northern Tanzania magically appeared.
I know my contacts were not sure I was really serious, wondering if they were just words. When my questions became more frequent, they gradually understood; I was really coming and I would be bringing a lot with me. What they did not comprehend was just how much would be forthcoming. In fact, I probably did not understand it either until I started packing up over 500 pounds of clothing, school supplies, embroidery materials and medical supplies and realized that I had budgeted for all of that (every item was brand new) and had not budgeted for the outlandish costs of shipping! In my despair, it struck me, “doing it all myself had serious limitations….and in fact, did not work!” And then someone asked if they could donate. Half stunned I said, “YES!”
Why had I not asked for help? Ask and some would have stepped up! It is our nature to be kind and giving when there is a need, even when we don’t think we have much ourselves.
Mission One – Done
500 pounds delivered and distributed. Each of the 800 orphans in the area got at least one item of brand new clothing, the school got 6 months of supplies, the children got supplements and the hospital got some much needed supplies. The smiles and the gratitude were heartwarming and will last a life time.
And still it was not enough! They needed food; much more of everything that was given to them on this first mission . . . so many to care for, so much more to be done. And, their hospital was in desperate need of a generator and a sterilizer. The entire area needed wells for clean water.
Mission Two – Done
Again, I started with the first group of 800 and the large hospital. The traveling distance was not easy so after delivering all the supplies for the hospital and the orphans there, I added another 57 orphans at the Kilimanjaro Orphanage Centre in Moshi.
I found utter joy in being able to roll out of bed, grab a bite to eat and just walk to the orphanage with my guides (more like sons at this point). They stayed with me, took care of me, went to the orphanage with me ( and taught the children what I taught them!). I got to work with the kids everyday, all day. I taught them to stitch (it is important to teach a skill that can later sustain them). I spoke to them in English and used the words they taught me in Swahili. We taught each other.
More of Werner Berger’s team members stayed on to work with the children. (Werner leads Transformational Leadership Tours and we work together to provide an optimal experience for all.
A new orientation, many working together for the benefit of all. I personally have already purchased over 2,000 items of new clothing to take on the trip in mid-June. Perhaps you will join our cause, perhaps come on this year’s trip to Africa, perhaps be moved to make a donation – any amount (even $5.00) is so greatly appreciated. Please tell your friends and colleagues about what we are doing. They might just want to become a part of what we are doing!
Could We Possibly Grant Three Wishes?
If a Genie could magically grant 3 wishes for these 800 orphans and their hospital, this is what they need, this is what they ask of you …
When I asked the doctors, nurses, Father Aloyce and the Nuns what three (3) wishes they would want to have granted, there was no hesitation. The answers came immediately.
- NEW, WORKING GENERATOR –
When the 25 year old generator goes on the ‘fritz’, people die
- STERILIZER –
A sterilizer malfunction produces the same fate.
- WELLS FOR WATER –
when the rains don’t fall, women and children carry 5 gallon pails of water 5 or more miles to help sustain life.
A twist on the song comes to mind, “Don’t cry for me Argentina”…I mean “the orphans and the poor in Africa – in fact, anywhere!”
With Your Help, We are Making The World a Better Place
If you are on this site, I already know, children across the world have touched your heart. I hope you will join me and declare:
NO CHILD Shall be
- Emotionally, physically, or nutritionally deprived.
- Without proper shelter, clothing or physical comfort.
- Without clean drinking water or ever go hungry.
- Without the opportunity for education and the ability to succeed in life.
- Demeaned and/or bullied, ever.
With your help…
A Letter from Founder, Heshie Segal
I know I cannot build this dream of a healed planet alone although there was a time at one point when I naively thought I could. For more years than I care to reveal, I have been going into schools, community centers, day camps, places of worship, hospitals, peace conferences and beyond, working with children to make it a better world. For the most part, it has been in the United States. More often than not it has been in the inner cities. Wherever there have been children in need, I have sought a way to get there.
This past year, an expanded portion of my dream came true. My fiancée Werner Berger and who is now my husband, was leading a group on a Tanzanian Safari, and Mt. Kilimanjaro climb, so it seemed perfectly logical that I would find children to help in that area. As a result, African orphans became my first project outside of the USA. I did a bit of research and quickly found my group. Admittedly, I was humbled by the number; there were 800 in this particular region alone. How could I leave anyone out and how do I get more than 500 pounds of clothing and supplies (which I had purchased) to Africa without the astronomical costs of freight? Much to my surprise, when I reached out to fellow adventurers, people were thrilled to help. Not only did they want to help transport things, they wanted to extended their stay to come with me to visit the orphan community. Once there, I was shocked by the deprivation and how tremendous the needs are. I knew I had to do more and indeed I am now on my way back to Africa again.
Helping kids in the US is my first priority. This is where I live. It is my home, my country. And yet, I also live on a global community – a planet with seven continents. Children everywhere need help. There is a difference to be made, children to be saved and peace created in a turbulent world. Our children deserve it. We deserve it. By working together, in the name of our children, we can create change. We must. It is the way, the only way, if we wish to have a future worth dreaming about!
So, where do we start? Of course, by dreaming big. What would happen if we could garner one million people to step up with ideas, one million kids to get involved, one million dollars (from $1, $5, $10 or more in donations), and one million partners to say ….. ’The time for change is NOW!’
You may ask how you can make a difference and I say to you …It may be by donating your time, your ideas or your money. We need to put our heads and hearts together. This cannot be about my dream alone. I am planting a seed and it can be nourished by you, and you and you! Together a Kids Better World will become a reality, not just a dream!
I invite you to help us out right now; go to the page “Donate Now” to choose the contribution that makes your heart sing!