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(Left to right) Chris, Dan and Kamilla ring in 2017 in a cabin on a mountain in Colorado.

It has been almost three months since we left East Africa, but things have certainly not slowed down with MakeSafe. Dan, Kamilla, baby Dean and I took a week off to ring in 2018 on a mountain in Colorado, but other than that our time has been spent planning and preparing for the future of MakeSafe and ONE-Team. The operations we conducted in Tanzania gave us an opportunity to put our plans into action, helped us understand the needs of the citizens we serve there and gave us a chance to experience the rich culture of Tanzania. We surveyed dozens of medical treatment facilities, spoke to hundreds of local health professionals, trained an entire fire department and met with quite a few of the other NGOs working in the Mwanza region of Tanzania. It was an awesome experience and it was more of a success than we ever could have hoped for, but it was only the beginning and we still have a lot of work to do. 

MakeSafe team members Chris, Dan, Marko and Kamilla stand in front of a Ukerewe Fire Department firetruck alongside Ukerewe firefighter Eugene.

We have had an insanely busy September here at MakeSafe. Since arriving in Tanzania we have worked on several projects, discussed some exciting potential projects within our organizations and spoken with several other NGOs about cooperative operations we may undertake in the future. But we will save discussion of future projects for the.. well... future. For now I want to focus on what the projects we've been working over the past three weeks.

MakeSafe International's Mwanza Community First Responder course.

As cliché as it sounds, I have experienced more in the last two weeks than some people do in a lifetime. I got a chance to explore a little bit of Abu Dhabi in the UAE during a twenty two hour layover, I have been living right in the middle of the bustling city of Mwanza for the last ten days, I have walked through the streets, bartered in the markets, discovered some amazing foods, gotten a tiny bit sick while my body adjusted to said foods, taken the local ‘boda boda’ motorcycle taxi all around the city, experienced an awesome Tanzanian wedding, spoken with dozens of awesome local health professionals, learned a little Swahili, found my new go-to spot in town, helped fix the wheel of a taxi that fell off in the middle of the night on my way back home from karaoke, made some new friends and I am just getting started. I have only been here for ten days, but I’m already starting to feel at home here in Rock City.

The Makesafe International Team

So much has happened in my life since March of 2015 when I started MakeSafe. My team and I have overcome so many hurdles and accomplished more than I ever would have imagined. Three years ago, if someone would have told me that I would be moving to Africa, living in a truck with the Serengeti plains as my back yard and going village to village setting up emergency medical systems I would have laughed them out of the room.

MakeSafe International Operation: Empowered Saviors.

If I were to mention foreign aid what would be the first image that comes to mind? Probably starving children being fed (perhaps even literally), possibly an airdrop of medical supplies or billions of dollars being thrown at African governments by Western countries?

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