Blaine high school graduate will travel to Tanzania

Published on Thu, Mar 13, 2008
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Blaine high school graduate will travel to Tanzania

A Blaine high school senior will join United Planet to provide invaluable support to a community in Tanzania, while being immersed in Tanzanian life and culture.

Shanelle Freeman, 18, will leave on July 5 as part of a United Planet program to spend two weeks working with orphans and street children in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

Shanelle will work with both children aged infant to 15 years, and elders. Her role will be playing with and caring for the children, helping them with math and English, and teaching them art. She will also be preparing meals for and singing songs with the children and elders.

“I have been waiting for an experience like this for so long, and am so glad to have found United Planet to prepare me for the trip.

“I am absolutely ecstatic about traveling to Africa, and even more so about making an important difference to people who really need it.

“Not everyone was born as fortunate as I was, and I think that because I have everything I could ever want or need, I should help those less fortunate than myself. Why not? I think it would be selfish of me if I didn’t.

“There are so many people in the world who couldn’t even dream of owning the things I own, living in this country and state, and even the family that I have. I am so grateful for everything I have, and I just want to share peace and love with the needy.

“I want to help people make their country a place that they can be proud of. I know I may only be one little person in this huge world, but I know that I can make a difference, and if we all think like that and work together for peace, unity, and understanding, the world will soon be a better place to live in.

“This will be my first time traveling overseas, and I am looking forward to every aspect of it. I will be staying with a host family who may or may not have running water, and the toilet may be just a hole in the ground, but I can’t wait because I want to see firsthand what other cultures are like. I get to be a part of a family abroad, and that is so amazing.”

In order to make this invaluable experience a reality, Shanelle is raising funds to cover the expenses of her volunteer work in Tanzania. Shanelle has a fundraising goal of $4,500 with further funds going to support United Planet’s charitable programs worldwide.

Individuals interested in helping to sponsor Shanelle may send a check on behalf of Shanelle to United Planet, 11 Arlington Street, Boston, Mass. 02116 or call 617/267-7763.