Never, Never Doubt

“You should never, never doubt something no one is sure of.” Willy Wonka (Roald Dahl)

Last Sunday morning in Church, we had a visit and a song from a group called Safina. Safina is an organization that helps street kids, kids whose parents are dead or gone or unable to care for them.   They have places the children can stay, a feeding program. Many of their children have been living at the dump. Now I’ve seen people eat from restaurant garbage cans at home, which I certainly think is awful for them to have to do . Those cans have food in them. There’s not much food waste in the dump here.

But the kids, as usual, were amazing. I did take a video of the singing. (Did I tell you that pictures and videos are totally allowed here in church? And clapping and dancing! It’s wonderful. Although I bet a few Episcopalians in the US would have one eyebrow unintentionally raised.) But I can’t seem to upload my videos today without crashing everything. This one from youtube is surely better anyway.

Everyone knows that there is tremendous disparity between people born in one place and people born in another. No one is sure why. I have two best friends who just had grandchildren.   They are lucky babies, born to educated, comfortable parents, with fabulous grandparents, in a stable country with good basic infrastructure, medical services, hygiene opportunities, nutritious food readily available, and so on. I’m happy for them. Their families have worked hard to bring a baby into an environment in which he can be happy, healthy, safe. This is all good and exactly as it should be. (And, yes, there are babies born in the US in less than ideal conditions.)

Of course, you know where I’m going next. This month, babies were born in remote, waterless villages in Tanzania. Many of them will die before their 5th birthday. Many more will die before adulthood.  I saw a man the other day with grey hair and I realized he may be the first person with grey hair I’ve seen since I’ve been here. And it’s not due to hair dyeing either.  The average life expectancy here is 40 something. What does that do to a country, having so few older people to guide and advise and lead?

Privilege comes in many forms, and guess what? I’m going to try to talk about all of them. Not right this minute, of course, for the five of you still reading. And how about a picture of some beautiful students? The students always make me happy. The buckets, by the way, are their desks.

No one knows why some children are born with one type of school and some are born with another. But we sure don’t doubt that it’s true.

Swahili Quiz: What does Safina mean?

students ndebwe

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10 Responses to Never, Never Doubt

  1. Laura says:

    Ark! Ark!

    What a great post. I hope you’re enjoying your time there. Thank you for your work and for so eloquently giving us a peek at it.



  2. Jill says:

    Judy, I enjoy reading your posts! It allows me to slow down my pace & reflect!


  3. Gaby Alesi says:

    I love reading your posts. Thanks so much for sharing your experience!
    Love you!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Charlcie Fielding says:

    Thank youl

    Liked by 1 person

  5. mimi crosby says:

    Thank you Judith..beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Lou says:

    I looked up “safina” & found “long distance bus line”…I like “ark” better!


  7. Mark Ratzlaff says:


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