This February, five BISB students traveled to Tanzania for two weeks of service learning. Getting them there, and raising money to fund their service projects, was a community effort, supported by donations from BISB families and local businesses.
In Tanzania, the group was supported by Summits Africa, a local guide company that not only provided key funding for the service projects students were involved in, but also led the project to build a sustainable garden at a remote Maasai village school.
Now, the parent company of Summits Africa- Adventure International, which is based in Nepal- is working to help those affected by the Nepal earthquake. And the project lead in Tanzania, Ake Lindstrom, is doing his part in Nepal, fundraising to provide important resources and aid to the survivors.
After reading about Ake’s struggles to bring water, tents and other necessities into the areas damaged by the quakes, the students who worked with Ake in Tanzania wanted to help.
Read on for their thoughts on why this new cause is worth supporting, and then visit Ake’s fundraising web page to see how you can help.
“Going to Tanzania was an adventure in which we had absolutely no idea what we were getting into...but we threw our lives into the hands of one extraordinary man by the name of Ake, without even knowing who he was. We were a little nervous, but we didn’t need to worry. Little did we know we would have no problem settling in or befriending locals, all thanks to Ake. Now he is working in Nepal. Along the way, he is embracing struggles thrown at him with his unfading enthusiasm, and certainly bringing a great deal of hope and relief to everyone he meets. This is why we would like to encourage you to donate, however great or small, to support his cause. It will most certainly be appreciated.” -- Sofia Mina
“It’s in moments like these that we especially need to come together, become bigger and make a difference. We never imagined how incredible our journey would be when we took off in February. But we certainly know that without help from an incredible group of people this wouldn't have been possible to begin with.
As soon as I found out about the earthquake, I wasn't at all surprised to see that Ake Lindstrom (one of those incredible people that made our journey possible), was already there, hands on and helping. Ake wasn't just one of the people that made our journey to Tanzania possible, he was also one of the people that made our journey as incredible as it was.
To see that he was already in Nepal, helping to bring relief trucks with food, medicine and other basic necessities to Nepal's most remote places was no surprise. He is working with a group of people on this admirable project, and they are now reaching out to the world. These people need our help, and now is our chance to give back whatever we can. One of the things that we were able to see first hand as we went through our journey in Tanzania was that everything makes a difference, as little as it may seem to us.” -- Paula Gutierrez
Click here to see how you can make a difference in Nepal.