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Making friends in Tanzania: Part two of a three part series

Editor’s Note: In a three part series, 15-year-old Isabella (Izzy) Hill recounts her experiences travelling and volunteering throughout Tanzania with her mum, goHenry COO Louise Hill, last month. Read part two below as she reflects on her volunteering experiences.

After the safari we got stuck into our work, we met a man called Raru who had a nasty accident whilst playing football. He was and still is an extremely well respected man who was very talented at football and was able to speak pretty good English. Sadly one day, whilst he was in his element playing football, he ran full speed into a goal post which I must say was a coconut tree. Now, this accident happened three years ago and left him in a coma for over a month and was kept in hospital for three months.

Life is particularly hard for the disabled, seeing as they don’t have the facilities that we have in England. Raru spent over a year lying on his back cooped up in his bedroom, not being able to walk or speak as normal. It was nice that the hospital donated a wheelchair to him, but because his floors are made of mud he cannot wheel the chair around inside and that is where Camps International jumped in to help. They decided to help make his life easier by building a seat and front and rear patio out of concrete so that he could sit outside.

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Their next project, which took four days and was completed on the 27/07/13 was to lay Raru a nice smooth floor which should last a lifetime. It was a lot of hard work and very tiring but we managed to do it (and, not meaning to boast, but it looks amazing)!  We created a slope at the front and back door so that he can leave the house without anyone’s help and on the front door slope we engraved a message for memory, it read ‘karibu (welcome) Rutledge and Hill @ CI 2013!’ As we said goodbye to Raru we gave him a bracelet to say thank you and that it was a pleasure to have helped him out. It was really hard to say good bye to such an honourable man without blubbing.

Watch for our final post tomorrow, as Izzy wraps up her final experiences in Tanzania.

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