Endeavor to Shine Light on “Light in Africa” and to Pay Respect to the Famous Trade Route Which Devastated Africa’s History.
Mama Lynn will retrace these steps to raise awareness and funding for Light in Africa Children’s.
Lynn Gissing, founder of Light in Africa, a NGO (Non-Government Organization) children’s home that provides
fundamental care for vulnerable children in the Kilimanjaro and Manyara regions
of Africa, will be embarking on an epic journey across central Tanzania, the
largest country in East Africa, traveling 3400 klm, starting on September 23, 2016.
Gissing, also known as Mama Lynn will retrace the steps of the Welshman Henry Morton Stanley, who travelled this dangerous ivory and slave route in search of the British Explorer Dr.
David Livingstone. Dr. Livingstone set out in August of 1865 on a planned
two-year expedition to find the source of the Nile River – he also wanted to
help eradicate the slave trade, which was devastating Africa’s people; however,
six years later, Stanley lead an expedition into the African wilderness, finding
Livingstone living amongst the villagers in Ujiji and uttered those famous
words, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” Mama Lynn will retrace these steps to raise
awareness and funding for Light in Africa Children’s Homes.
After leaving Light in Africa Children’s Homes – based at Tudor Village, Boma
n’gombe, Kilimanjaro Region, Mama Lynn will travel three days to the starting
point at Bagamoya. The travel route will take her to Bagamoyo to Morogoro, then
onto Dodoma, Singida, Tabora, Kigoma, and finally the rough road to Ujijii on
the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Visits to interesting places and museums
of these explorations will be a part of the long journey. Ujiji is
drenched in the history and sadness of slavery and has many interesting sites
and artefacts which tell its poignant tale. The trip will take in some 3400 klm
of Tanzanian countryside and on completion, highlight the needs of Light in
Africa and encourage followers to support Mama Lynn in her work.
What makes this trip interesting is that Stanley’s expedition took 8 months to complete on foot, Mama Lynn is hoping to be able to complete the same journey in 6 weeks, traveling by Tuk Tuk
(Bajaji), a three wheeled motorized vehicle.
Her trip will encompass long stretches of challenging dirt roads, road work diversions and areas where no gasoline/petrol is available.
Travelling in the TukTuk with Mama Lynn will be her constant companion ‘Lassie’ a mixed
breed rescued dog. In the service vehicle will be staff members.
Those who would like to sponsor her trip and travel with her are welcome. For those
who are interested in the history of Africa and its impact on the world at
large, this should be a trip of a lifetime. Details can be obtained from Mama
Lynn via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Estimated time of arrival in Ujiji is between October 17th- 23rd
with arrival back at Light in Africa on November 3rd.
Mama Lynn will be keeping a journal/blog of her expedition; those who wish to follow
Mama Lynn can do so at: www.lightinafrica.org and on You Tube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiYh9HIFSug_nErU5L-UMag and http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf10RiaqA9sow7d8VGq6EgQ.
For more information and donation opportunities to Light in Africa, please visit www.lightinafrica.org
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