Thank you for Christmas donations!

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to VICDA’s Christmas drive! I’m happy to report that nearly $7,000 was raised to assist families at Lemolo A and B and other IDP’s in need. A note from Irene is below, outlining how the funds were used. We bought 157 pairs of  school shoes, 650 families received Christmas dinner, we paid bill for treatment of 4 … Continue reading Thank you for Christmas donations!

‘Tis the season to give

Christmas is a magical time of year. Where I come from, it’s a time of fairy lights twinkling in the brisk night, of snow falling quietly on the bustling city, of singing along to familiar carols, of glowing fires and laughter and general happiness. But it is also a time of giving, as is reflected in the red tins and ringing bells, toy drives and granting of … Continue reading ‘Tis the season to give

The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

A post about my favorite animal on World Elephant Day. Click any image to enlarge. A visit to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is just as adorable as it sounds. For less than $10 per person visitors can spend an hour (11am-noon daily) watching these precious baby pachyderms parade around, play with soccer balls, wrestle one another and suckle at enormous bottles. The smallest babies … Continue reading The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Not a spectacle

I am happy to introduce my readers to Aine – fellow mzungu and A Lady Away’s first guest writer! Aine is living and working in Tanzania and her piece, Not a Spectacle, discusses what it’s like to be an outsider within her new community. Anyone who has ever spent significant time in another area of the world will relate to Aine’s thoughtful and honest story. … Continue reading Not a spectacle

The Meaning of New Shoes

“Ah, Jenni,” Irene smiled as she picked up a small pair of the faux Converse All-Stars, “they are really going to remember this!” “Huh?”  I looked up from a long list of names and measurements in my little black notebook, “remember what?” “You know,” she continued, ignoring my question, “even me, I remember my first pair of shoes.  And they were not even new, they … Continue reading The Meaning of New Shoes