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#B2B2019: Molly Murray Blog


“Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about the destination.” My journey so far in Africa has been nothing short of special. From the people you meet, to the things you see and with the team you experience it with, this feeling I will never be able to put into words. My journey for me started on our first day at the scheme. From jumping on the combi’s and the whole team on a high, not knowing what we had in store for us was unreal. Comparing my journey now to where it first began feels so surreal, from watching videos of past B2B teams to actually standing on African ground makes me feel on top of the world. This place is truly special. Through my time in Blanco I have learned a lot of things, happiness being the most important. From seeing kids have absolutely nothing, to living in shacks made of tin but having the warmest and biggest smiles I will ever see in my life made me realise how much I have to be grateful for in life. It also made me realise how close poverty is around us. Driving from our accommodation to the townships the past week I have noticed signs on the roads which says “children should be seen, not hurt” yet, children 5 minutes down the road who have been turned a blind eye and are living in situations that I would never dream of is absolutely shocking. While the team and I were at the soup kitchen, aunt rose was about to serve the food out to the children. All of the children were in a single file with a tiny cup waiting to be served and for some of them it was probably there only meal they had in the last few days. Seeing this completely broke me, each child bowed their heads and began to pray before the food was served, thanking god for the food they are about to be given. Seeing these children thank god for given them a half a cup of soup gave me a feeling of guilt and happiness. I sit at home and fuss over the smallest things while these kids are swinging from your arms feeling on top of the world over soup. They really are the happiest people in the world. “Aim for the sky but move slowly, enjoying every step along the way. It is all those little steps that make the journey complete.” During my time in George we have worked in two townships known as Golden Valley and the Scheme. I have spent most of my time in the scheme with a girl named Novia. For me this would be one of the highlights of my trip as this little girl has taught me more things in one week that I will ever learn in a life time. From meeting Novia it has made me learn a lot of things about myself, one being that I am a leader and that I have the power to make an impact on this young person’s life which makes me smile from ear to ear. Coming through my journey leading up to Africa I always hid away from my team, not opening up and not showing what I am truly capable of. Since I have come to Africa my mask is well and truly off and this is all down to the special people I have around me and I will forever be grateful. I came here not knowing what to expect and not knowing what Africa was really like. You hear about the poverty and what goes on, but it is not until you are standing on African soil do you realise the conditions people are living in at the other side of the world. “Happiness is not about getting all you want, it is about enjoying all you have” From my time in Blanco I am coming home with a completely different aspect to life. I know now to appreciate and love everyone around me because tomorrow it can all be took away from you, and being here hearing some of the locals story’s are living proof to live everyday like it’s your last. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” 


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