Tanzania and TAFCOM showed me what life is really about and I am so happy to share that with anyone who will listen. Tanzania and TAFCOM changed my life for the better. I first traveled to Tanzania in the summer of 2008. I was teaching at a local nursery school and a friend, who was volunteering with TAFCOM, invited me to come with her one day. I was excited to see another part of Moshi and by the end of the day we had completed 5 home visits, shed many tears, and I had adopted a family.
My love for the country and my little African family convinced me to return in the summer of 2010. I taught nursery school and spent most of my other time with my girls I had adopted, making home and hospital visits with Nie, helping organize and execute a fundraiser for TAFCOM, and becoming more and more attached to my “African Family”, Nie and Jonas, and the work TAFCOM was completing. After 9 weeks I had to return home and on my last tearful visit my family presented me with a Kanga but the greatest gift of all was when I heard the next 3 words. “Nakupenda Dada Megan”-I love you sister Megan.
I have never met more selfless people as Nie and Jonas who are willing to sell their only car to give a home to orphans, or share their lives and love with other families. TAFCOM doesn’t just support these families….they give these people a sense of purpose and self worth which allow so many families to become self sufficient.