I think we all fall victim to thinking that in order to do something really meaningful, it has to be something big and grandiose to mean anything at all. If there's anything that the children of Glorious have taught me, it's that that couldn't be further from the truth. I think back to my first time I traveled to Tanzania, straight out of college tasked with teaching a group of restless 5 and 6 year olds. There were 12 students in my class and I hastily wrote out their names with a blue dry erase marker on 12 white pieces of paper that I used as name tags so I knew who my students were. At the end of the day, I picked up the name tags intending to throw them away and start again with a tidier and better written name tag for each child and was met with angry cries and sad faces. I had done something terribly wrong. I couldn't believe that taking away these now dirt covered and ripped pieces of paper, could stir up such heated emotions from these kids. I quickly changed gears and handed out the name tags to each of the children, and watched them happily skip and run home. I stood there trying to digest what had just happened. Emotions of surprise bewilderment, and sadness passed. These were kids that were going home with no toys to play with, no crayons and coloring books to entertain themselves, no TV. And I realized in that moment that I had just made their day. Our gestures don't have to be grandiose to make a difference. Even the little things we do can mean a whole lot. I didn't know that helping out these kids would turn into an organization that would ultimately help more and more kids just like these... but I knew I had to start somewhere. These children are worth it - every single last one of them. We have the unique opportunity to make a difference in our everyday lives, we can make a choice to wait until we have something big to give back, or take small steps each day to bring happiness to those around us. Even it it's just a tattered blue name tag, nothing is too small to be meaningful.
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Juma Issa is one of our favorite and little students. His story is a testimony of how a few people’s generosity can change the life of someone forever.
Juma is a bright seven year-old with a big smile. He lives with his parents and his younger sister in a small rented room that does not have much space for the four occupants. Juma struggles with a condition known as hydrocephalus which together with birth complications, caused the left side of his body to not function well. When he first started at Glorious Juma was unable to walk without a lot of assistance. He watched the other the other children play during recess from a small wooden chair, which was moved from place to place so that Juma could be involved with whatever was going on. Despite his condition, Juma watched the other kids joyfully from this little seat that was made especially for him.
With the help of several volunteers, Juma was able to get multiple sets of leg braces. These braces, along with a wooden walker, have helped Juma slowly overcome his disability. Juma now runs around during recess playing hop scotch and chasing his friends. He is no longer in need of his little wooden chair. Without people like you, Juma would not be where he is today.
Meet Regisla. I admire her strength, her intelligence, and her resilience.
Also known as Bibi (Grandmother) Nadia, Regisla is the grandmother and care-taker of Nadia, who studies at Glorious, and the mother of two. She entered our micro-finance program last October seeking a loan to build up her bar which served local patrons in a street nearby to Glorious. Last year her bar was an 5ft x 8ft room where locals would come to drink and socialize. Since successfully paying back her loan, she has now received a second round double the amount of her first. I was nearly brought to tears upon seeing the progress she has made. She has moved her bar into a huge room, filled with beautiful blue stools, with outdoor seating, full of people smiling and laughing enjoying the new bar their neighborhood now has to offer. We visited her home where she and Nadia live, and I came to find out that she built the room herself with her own hands brick by brick. It is incredible to see how much she has accomplished in such a short time. I am so proud to know her, and so thankful that Glorious can be apart of her story.
These sweet girls lost both of their parents and their baby sister a few years ago. They were living with their siblings in a village about a day's drive from Arusha. Their older sister Joyce, found work at an orphanage in Arusha, and sent for her sisters , hopeful that they would be taken care of. This orphanage lost funding, and they showed up at Glorious with the hope that they could study and live in foster care here.
With your help, we were able to take them in, to provide them with an education, daily meals and purchase bunk-beds for them so that they could live at our foster home.
Grace loves Alice's baby, Dorcas and when not at school, Grace spends most of her time playing with baby Dorcas. Both girls are so happy to be living at our foster house, they were so excited that they had their own cozy beds and we are so thankful to our supporters for making this happen!