This was my first trip with MMM and frankly I was nervous at first. The worst part of the trip was the flying and getting there but once you arrive….. IT’S A WHOLE NEW WORLD

Donna Salamoff, 2010 Volunteer

Donna Salamoff, 2010 Volunteer

When I arrived at the Embangweni School for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing I felt nervous again. What if we cannot communicate? What if they don’t like my signs? What if….What if…????

I knew that the students and I would not be signing the same language. As I watched their hands flying in the air I very quickly realized there was “body language” and “facial expressions” that we both shared. This was my way into their culture. In their own made up signs they asked if I was deaf and in my signs I responded that I was. The look of excitment on their faces was so precious to me and right there and then I realized I was in the right place and that I had made the right decision in coming so far into another world.

The emotions I felt right there and then were so overwhelming. I had tears…happy tears flowing down my face.

In the course of 3 weeks of working with the children I felt so at home and we were all like family.

Donna with deaf student

Donna with deaf student

I also volunteered water well duty on 2 Saturdays and that again is an experience you cannot describe in words alone. The people at the villages were all so welcoming and so thankful that MMM has come to help them get water they can pump from the wells. This is water that would make a whole lot of difference in their lives. Not only for their daily usage of the water but also for their health. The realization of not having to drink or bathe in the dirty water at the rivers or creeks makes a whole lot of difference to these people. They were so thankful that we were there and when we left we always looked back to see them pumping water right away. This is clean water to them. Makes me wonder how many people here in America realize that there are people out in other countries who do not have clean water?
How fortunate we are here in America and how we take things like water for granted.