Over two years ago, you may remember, I met a man with a family of six who lived in one dark room in the slums of Arusha, Tanzania. Kaka, a beautiful soul who guards the volunteer house in the area, was the father in need. Though his home was small, dark, dusty and overcrowded, a struggle for all six of them to live there, Kaka was always warm and inviting, and still grateful for all he had. He never begged, but kindly asked after seeing his home and his circumstances, whether I'd be able to do something.
Though I wished I could snap my fingers on the spot and give him all he needed, I knew it would take some time and effort to raise the funds. My best friend, Gino, eagerly jumped up for the challenge. Like Kaka, he is excellent at reminding me of the beautiful basics in life. Working together to make things happen. Gino, inspiring, humble, giving, ambitious, and so smart, helped us create a wonderful team of contributors. Our non-profit had not yet been created and these contributors worked with real trust and faith in the mission. I will never forget them and what they've done for this family. We reached our goal and helped them move to a larger home that they have continued to build themselves over time. Talk about self-sufficiency! They appreciated our help and worked hard with what we gave them.
Kaka writes often to say thank you. Thank you to each of you who have helped better his life and that of his family.
I was fortunate to revisit Kaka since he moved and the family has continued to build their new home. They are happy, healthy, and so grateful for you! Take a look!
The bricks Kaka has used to continue building his new home.
While in progress.
In this photo above, he is holding the blueprint he created for building onto the home.
Thank you to Kaka's contributors. We will NEVER forget you. You are a blessing:
Fiore Pennacchio Jr.
Paula and Bob Chess
Binaifer and Navroz Dabu