Helena's visit to the Musoma Children's Home
A trip to Tanzania in the company of people that have lived there for one year, and the possibility of meeting the local people, became reality for me and my family. Our friends and colleagues, Karin and Fredrik, brought us to their special place, Musoma. They told us about the children’s home, where especially Karin spent a lot of time during the time that they lived and worked in the city, a couple of years ago. I was told that the children’s home was run by a Swedish/Finnish couple, Lisbeth and Daniel. They longed for messmör (a kind of cheese made from whey, very popular in Sweden!) and rye flower, so we packed our cooler boxes full of this before we left. That’s about all I knew about the children’s home before we left Sweden.
After a long journey by car together with our travelling party of nine, whereof three were children, we arrived in Musoma. Life along the road, what we saw, the people, was a different but exciting experience.
Arriving inside the gates of the Musoma Children’s Home was as Karin had described it; an oasis, clean and neat. We were given a warm welcome by smiling people. Lisbeth and Daniel greeted us with open arms. Lisbeth was very busy with the childrens vaccinations and a sick child, but we were welcome whenever we wanted during our four days stay in Musoma.
To spend time with the children, to see how clean and well dressed they were and how they enjoyed playing outside, to see sixteen toddlers sitting round a table eating together was an amazing experience. My 11 year old daughter Alva loved being a part of this during our visits. She played with the children and was given the honour of having extra close contact with one little girl, to help feed her and put her to bed.
Everything involving the children was carefully taken care of, always under the guiding hand of Lisbeth. Rules and routines felt well thought through. I, myself being an assistant nurse, was amazed and impressed.
To help the continuation of the work at the children’s home feels both obvious and important. I have understood that the main part of the financing is in the form of gifts, sponsors and friends.
I recently celebrated my 40th birthday. On my invitations I requested that any money that was going to be spent on gifts instead should be donated to the children’s home. I know that every penny will be used to pay for expenses at the children’s home. This was very appreciated by my friends and also by Lisbeth and Daniel and the children’s home.
Me and my family have happy memories of our days at the children’s home and hope that Lisbeth and Daniel will have the energy and the finances to keep running it as well as they do now.
/Helena Happe, Undersåker