Our first day was of great importance to the youth and rest of people participating in the ” We have Faith Campaign”; that is heading to South Africa through other countries. With the theme: ‘We have faith act now for climate justice’, youth from faith-based organization have decided to approach the up-coming cop17 in Durban with a totally different strategy. A strategy to collect a million signatures from people with a view of petitioning world leaders to act now for climate justice even as the Kyoto protocol 1 enters its last stage.
Our journey started this morning after a briefing from organizers and a prayer for safe journey from one of our own. Since I was looking for comfort, I was the first one to get in the bus (Bus..Ted) so I would find myself and my beautiful friend a more comfortable place.
We left Multimedia University for Galleria Supermarket so we could do the last shopping for our trip, but for those of us who did not have the opportunity, we were just hanging around in the buses as we waited.
On our way, we stopped at… to have lunch, for the first time ever, i was moved by the team work exhibited by everyone getting involved at every stage of the lunch preparation. We had lunch, washed our utensils and continued with our journey. It did not take us long though to arrive at the border to start with the formalities of getting the necessary documents done at the immigration offices. The long lines, the many people in there, you can imagine how long it took us to process our documents so we could proceed on in Tanzania. I journey from the border of Namanga was smooth and we arrived in Arusha; Snake park at around 9pm and went straight to have our dinner.
Being my first camping experience, i had a lot to learn so that i can comfortably be part/identify with the putting up the tent was such a task for me to learn. I did manage and what happened till morning is history.
Our morning was characterised by a bit of confusion because of rains that poured as we prepared to leave early in the morning. On our way, one of our buses had a flat tire thus they had to repair it.
It was a very long journey from Arusha to Dar es Salaam but we tried and made it a bit early so we could have enough time to rest. everyone had to put up their tents first before going to have dinner and finally i had to make use of the available WIFI to make this story heard from every corner of the world. The energy, zeal and ego exhibited from the caravan participants is undoubtedly incredible; Africa, “we will do you proud in Durban South Africa”