Here's a tribute to Charlotte Straus she's from Berlin, Germany who currently works to travel every few months. Charlotte joined me by foot from Tanzania all the way to Ethiopia. One of the bravest human beings I've ever met and am so lucky to have had her on my side across 2 countries as my campion. We met in Malawi and reunited in Zanzibar where the crazy idea that Charlotte and Charlie (another friend I met) would join me across Tanzania.
Do you know anyone else that would meet a stranger and say let's walk together across Tanzania and Kenya?. The amount of adventures we went through are just unspeakable and it gave me a huge relief from walking alone for a few months. Thank you Charlotte for being there with me and for me. It was truly an honour.
CHISWEA (children of the street welfare association) is a small centre located in the streets of Arusha that provides street kids housing and food. Their goal is to give them back a perspective in life by reintegrating them into social life and the educational system so they can lead an autonomous and self-determined life.
Unfortunately, the only sponsor they had stopped its support in 2012, so since then CHISWEA has been struggling a lot. Besides a lack of environmental facilities (water, ..), the consequences of this are found in shortage of food and support of counsellors.
Currently the centre is run by only one street-worker on a volunteer base, as the rest of the staff (cooks, teachers, social workers,..) had left as their wages could not be payed anymore.
Due to that the 34 adolescents do not receive the care they need nor deserve.
For more information about the centre or supporting it check out Mario Rigby's homepage (http://www.mariorigby.com/chiswea), the homepage made by 2 social-work students from Austria (- though there s unfortunately only the German version of the website online right now - ) or don't hesitate to send me a personal message for any questions!
I visited Alverna's Craft Market, it is located on Dolphin Drive. Much of the art and souvenirs at the market are handmade and unique, yet are sourced from the neighbouring nation of Haiti and are not created in the country. This isn’t necessary a bad thing, as such souvenirs are definitely an improvement over the re-branded and mass-produced Asian trinkets common to many Caribbean destinations.
TCI Heritage Tours and Horseback Riding invited me to check out and play with their horses. Heritage Tours and Horseback Riding is a company dedicated to preserving and sharing aspects of Turks & Caicos Islands history and culture. Here is their website www.http://tciheritagetours.com/
What an amazing speaking engagement I had yesterday afternoon at the @ArcteryxToronto store on Queen St West, Toronto. Tim the Marketing Manager did an incredible job of setting everything up (thanks Tim!). Refreshments were provided by David's Tea and a raffle draw saw two winners receive cool Arc'Teryx gear.
Thank you @Arcteryx for your support and helping me share my message of sustainability, humanity, and exploration.
Also thank you to photographer Maylynn from @kidscanadaorg for the great pictures.
A modern explorer recently finished a voyage of walking across Africa entirely by foot and kayak.