The very first volunteer who came to help me care for twelve babies I had taken into the children’s home on the mountain when I first moved to Tanzania in 2000 was Lucy from Germany. She had become so disillusioned with her working placement in a local school when she saw very young children being beaten that she asked if she could complete her sixth month stay helping me care for the babies. It was my pleasure to welcome here into our home and she was an amazing committed volunteer. Fifteen years later, now a qualified Gynecologist s, Lucy has returned to be re-united with the babies she once fed and cared for.
The baby boys are now all grown up and they all wanted to show Lucy all that they were involved with on the Tropical Butterfly and Lavender Farm, so first call was the compound for the rabbits, guinea pigs, tortoise and rescued hedgehog before moving on to see the many goldfish in the new pond.
The students are now becoming very excited at the prospect of the opening of the tourist center on the 1st December and with a wonderful donation which we have received we will be able to complete all the building work on time. I asked some of our older girls to make an abstract design out of wood and stones, this was a totally new concept for them and much discussion went into their ‘flowing stream’ design, each girl learnt a new skill of mixing cement and eagerly showed Gudilla the Secretary of LIA their efforts at ‘abstract design’. The girls also insisted that Gudilla should be the very first person to sit on the newly constructed ‘chilling’ seat where visitors will be able to sit and watch around 500 .free-flying butterflies.
Not to be outdone by the girls John and Garrard produced their own abstract art by using large stones and cacti in a small area. Gerrard has become a very good careful painter.
Two very talented young men who Light in Africa has grown from small children are Alex and Sadiki. Alex will be leaving us in January to attend an Art school in Bagamoyo on the coast near Dar es Salaam, Sadiki who has a broken arm whilst playing basketball continues to help Alex produce these amazing wood butterflys which will adorn the road to the lavender fields.
We would very much welcome any volunteer who has Lepidoptera knowledge and experience to help us launch our new tourist attraction in December. This new venture will ensure that LIA students who are not academic will have life-skill training and be empowered to earn a living whilst living in sheltered accommodation. Any interested party should contact me on this site. Thank you so much and bless you all abundantly.. Mama Lynn