January 26, 2012
Crossing paths with The Tandana Foundation truly has been life changing. I volunteered as a healthcare provider four years ago in highland Ecuador and never would have imagined prior to my first trip, that this will be my fifth year returning to Ecuador to volunteer and continue to provide care to this indigenous population..I became hooked! I love the relationships formed, it is truly a connection to the land and to its people..Anna Taft has become such a part of these communities, laying a strong foundation so that all volunteers who join are essentially welcomed into these communities as family. I have just returned from a Tandana volunteer vacation to Mali- I was so inspired by our work in Ecuador that I had to explore the work being done in Mali as well- We built a grain bank in the village of Sal Dimi, and a latrine in another small village. We sat in on the first women's literacy class taking place in the village of Kansongho (amazing!), we formed friendships and became fully immersed in the culture of Mali's Dogon region while providing aid for truly sustainable projects..and most importantly we worked WITH the community in the finishing of such projects, truly a collective effort- allowing us to weave lasting friendships. The appreciation and welcome we received from these communities was like none other Ive ever experienced! TERRIFIC ORGANIZATION.
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