November 2010 Newsletter (Volume 5, Issue 4)
Matthew Suski, an 8th Grade student from Dublin CA, describes his experience of his first visit to a school in Tanzania and offers reflections.
If I were an 8th grader in Tanzania I’d hope for a roof over my classroom so I wouldn’t get wet when it rained. As an 8th grader in America I get upset when the air conditioning is turned up to high.
If I were an 8th grader in Tanzania I’d be happy to receive a Ziploc bag with pens and pencils. As an 8th grader in America I expect new school supplies and backpack every school year.
If I were an 8th grader in Tanzania I’d be overjoyed not to have to walk a mile to go to school. In America I get mad when my parents are late to pick me up from school.
If I were an 8th grader in Tanzania I’d look forward to going to school because I get a meal and that might be the only meal I get that day. As an 8th grader in America I throw away my lunch because my mom didn’t pack me what I wanted.
But I am an 8th grader in America so I can decide to make a difference.
- I can decide to take responsibility.
- I can decide to make a difference.
- I can use my gifts and talents to make that difference.
- I can start my own club and raise enough money to get school supplies for a whole school (not just for the 8th grade) and I can inspire my friends to take up this challenge.
- I can join with Asante Africa Foundation to help better the lives of the 8th grade children like the ones I met while I was in Tanzania.
A few more impressions by Matthew attending his first school in Tanzania found on our blog site: www.asanteafrica.wordpress.com