From Dodoma to Corona(virus) – Part 2 of 2
I attended the Cheshire school on Tuesdays, a school that cares for disabled children. Working at the Cheshire school was a different kind of challenge than at St Igantius but going back every week and witnessing a bond growing between myself and the children was one of my favourite parts of my whole Tanzanian experience. My favourite week was when I realised, they loved to dance – their favourite song was Yo Pe by Innos b & Diamond Platnumz – we danced for a solid hour. The school gives them a chance to learn and grow but also give them a safe space to be carefree, an opportunity they may not get elsewhere.
One of my most bittersweet memories is the form 6 graduation at St Peter Claver; the Saturday before I left Dodoma. The night before the American volunteers were told they were being sent home and I was aware the decision on my departure was imminent. It was a day filled with dancing, speeches and food. The sun was shining stronger than it had in weeks and I felt blessed to enjoy those moments. My whole experience was flashing before my eyes and I felt such a strong bond with Tanzania.
I took a coach from Dodoma to Dar es Salaam the day before my flight home; I looked out the window down the long road connecting one city to the other and I was awestruck by the country that I had been lucky enough to call my home, even for a short period of time. A land filled with beauty and culture, that I will forever hold dear to my heart.
Coming home due to Covid-19 was a heart-breaking but necessary decision. I’d like to thank Jesuit Missions for all of their ongoing support and hopefully someday in the future I will be able to return to Dodoma.
Mungu ibariki Tanzania.
Ciara Doherty, Jesuit Missions volunteer
This article is part 2 of 2. Part 1 can be read here.
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Photo credit: Ciara Doherty