He is a young Masai man from Engaruka village. Jean-Pascal used to live in his father’s hut when he was born in 1989, and because the baby was ill, he baptised him upon his parents’ request. When he went back to Engaruka in 2009, Jean-Pascal met again with Lomayani who had just finished secondary school with excellent results. Lomayani worked to finance his studies in Mathematics, which he successfully finished with a Master’s degree in 2017. At the same time, he was being trained to become catechist. Each time he goes back to Engaruka, he grabs the opportunity to teach at Oldonyo Lengai secondary school and at the catholic church. He comes along on our trip, and helps us with contacts with local authorities, translation, as well as initiation to the Masai culture and thinking of the program. This year 2019, he just began to take part in the program of support of disabled people towards appropriate structures that can help them properly. In summary, he is an essential figure of our program.
</p> <p>Doctor Higgins MASSAWE is a pediatrician. He comes from Kilimandjaro region and is located now at Dar es Salaam. In 2010, Jean-Pascal met him thanks to the doctor’s brother</p> <p>Le Docteur Higgins MASSAWE est un médecin pédiatre, originaire du Kilimandjaro situé à Dar es Salaam. En 2010, c’est grâce à son frère, lui-même spiritain, que Jean-Pascal fit sa rencontre en vue de préparer le programme de coopération médicale entre Taiwan et la Tanzanie. Son frère est spiritain, c’est comme ça que Jean-Pascal l’a connu en 2010 en vue de préparer programme de coopération médicale entre Taiwan et la Tanzanie. Il est chef de service et enseigne à l’université, tout en étant spécialiste des maladies infectieuses telles que le SIDA et enseigne l'Université. A ce titre, il est conseiller auprès du gouvernement pour les campagnes de prévention. Il s’est intéressé à notre programme de recensement des handicaps chez les massaï. Chaque année, il accepte de nous consacrer 2 à 3 semaines de son temps, dans les mêmes conditions de vie : campement, rencontre avec les malades sous le soleil et la poussière. Très compétent, il est écouté par les autorités locales et nous aide à mettre en place des comités locaux pour le suivi du programme entre deux séjours.
Le Père Dennis ZIBA est un spiritain originaire de Zambie, missionnaire en Tanzanie depuis 6 ans. Il est le curé de la paroisse de Nainokanoka où nous avons commencé un second programme en 2018, pour mettre en oeuvre les méthodes testées à Engaruka. Très attentif aux relations avec les autorités locales dans le parc national du Ngorongoro où se situe sa paroisse, il nous aide à naviguer pour nous assurer la coopération de chacun dans son domaine de responsabilité. Grâce à lui, le programme a pris un démarrage encourageant à Nainokanoka.
Raphaël est un massai d’Engaruka, père de famille et chauffeur du Diwani, l’équivalent du maire d’Engaruka. Il est protestant, très dévoué et de bon conseil. Il nous guide jusqu’aux confins du secteur d’Engaruka pour visiter les communautés isolées dont il connait le chemin. Et aussi, il nous aide pour traduire du massaï au swahili et réciproquement, afin d’assurer une bonne communication entre les patients et le docteur. Il est un peu l’ange gardien des volontaires à Engaruka.
Saibulu OLE KOROYET est un massaï d’Engaruka, père de 6 enfants. Dans sa jeunesse, défenseur des traditions des guerriers massaï, il était un farouche opposant des chrétiens. Puis il a vu ce que faisait l’Eglise, il s’est converti et est devenu catéchiste, c’est à dire la plus haute autorité de la communauté chrétienne en l’absence du curé qui est à 60km de là. Sachant que Jean-Pascal avait participé à la fondation de l’Eglise à Engaruka, il a accueilli les groupes de volontaires chez lui depuis 2009 quand les Taïwanais sont venus. Son boma (groupe d’habitations) est notre camp de base. Il nous aide à rencontrer les responsables locaux, les directeurs d’écoles, et les chefs de villages dispersés dans la savane. Très écouté, il a compris l’importance de la sensibilisation des communautés au respect et à l’accompagnement des personnes en situation de handicap et y participe activement. C’est un des moteurs du développement communautaire.
Bénédicte SIMON est notre cuisinière. Originaire du Kilimandjaro, elle habite à Mto wa Mbu où Jean-Pascal a vécu entre 1989 et 1991. Elle était cuisinière de la mission catholique. Depuis, elle aide les équipes des volontaires pendant leur séjour en pays massai. Cette mère de famille se charge de faire les courses au marché et la cuisine. Elle connait les goûts culinaires des occidentaux. Elle a toujours le sourire et nous accueille chaque jour avec de grands témoignages d’affection. Elle est la maman des volontaires.
Team coordinator and spiritual guide
Coming from a family of beekeepers at the foot of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, I am inspired by the lifestyle of bees. I draw inspiration from them to be as close as possible to human values.
There are physical correlations between the members and when they perform a collective task, they coordinate their actions in such a way that the work performed is consistent and repeats itself identically in all societies belonging to the same family. From this precept I made choices, always guided by the same will: love of the other, open-mindedness. It was this state of mind that prompted me to knock on the door of the congregation of the Holy Spirit 16 years ago. After the priestly ordination in Tanzania, I was sent to France as a missionary. Today, I work with the apprentices of Auteuil.
But I’m also farmers. I cultivate the land to find the rooting necessary for every man to flourish, to flourish.
By cultivating optimism, we open the door to a smile. From this smile comes a meeting, then a confidence that we need as a spring in our construction.
As Simone Weil says: “Rooting is the most natural and unrecognized need of the human soul.” Without this benevolence, without this radiance of the heart, the foundation of human relations I believe that one can miss out on wonderful things.
My deepest desire is to make spiritual and human honey for my neighbour, so that he too can fully and freely benefit from the divine’s work.
Volunteering for the mission in 2017, I was attracted by the authenticity of a mission that looks at the most needy, the most abandoned. My loyalty and commitment lead me to leave because It seems important to me to support the program as a Tanzanian but also as a priest. I want to be a support because I have known this mission since its inception. I am finally the owner of the genes of this program to pass on to my neighbor.
Specialized Educator Team Coordinator – Inspire, Connect, Support
An educator specializing in an institute for children and teenagers with mental disorders, I learn through their daily eyes. Every encounter I meet, every experience I experience gives me the opportunity to get rich. From my training, I learned to make diversity an asset. Convinced of the need to accompany each child to find his place in the
this vast world, I try to help everyone to become aware of who he is, of his abilities, so that he can find within him the resources to grow and flourish. As Wiston Churchill says, “Where there is a will, there is a path.“
It seems to me that the balance between holding it up and letting go, doing it and letting it do, induces a balance to be maintained that can only be found with this ability to experience the other, as much as of oneself. What we perceive, what we feel, partly explains what we do. Listening to this, I signed up last year for Mission Tanzania. I wanted to broaden my perspective on disability, across borders, because I believe that we are all citizens of the world. I met a people whose values and traditions allowed me to grow even more. I got closer to what I wanted to be even more, finding a simplicity of life, both in my professional, friendly and family ties. But also in my everyday actions.
Mountain sports give me a balance of life in which I draw energy. Just like the journey that also feeds that open-mindedness that I need. This also explains my motivation to relive the Mission Tanzania experience for the second year in a row. Pushing a door we find a smile, a happiness, a language common to all men.
Student in preparatory class at major business schools
Position in the group: budget manager, proven concern that everyone eats to their hunger.
I chose Mission Tanzania because it is a complete adventure. A concrete, human, social, cultural adventure.
Concrete because it is far from the images found on social networks. We will be on the ground, as close as possible to the populations in difficulty.
Human, because its purpose is of course to provide medical support to populations in need, and preventive to improve the integration of people with disabilities in their society.
social, because we seek to help them in the long term. This is for me the best way to act, we do not come to impose a way of thinking or living. We’ll be just there to help them,
to accompany, to offer leads.
Cultural, because it is indeed a way for me to open up, to get out of this Western cocoon, and to discover the richness of our world.
“With a valiant heart, nothing impossible”
Early Child Educator Training
Group function: Educational and pedagogical activities around disability.
After a first Tanzanian experience in 2013, I wanted to participate in the continuity of the Mission Tanzania project. This association, shot on people with disabilities, is a beautiful adventure that is built in the long term. A quote that defines me: “The child has the right to respect for his dignity and self-esteem, not to trample, not to humiliate, to let live without deterring, nor to rush, to respect for every passing minute, one can impose discipline on gestures of a child, not his ideas. Janusz Korczak
Currently a second-year student midwife
Mission Tanzania 2019 appears to me as a human adventure of sharing and exchange. The desire to live this experience has always been present personally and has become a no-brainer during my studies. This adventure is above all a gift of self, but I think I can
be surprised by what we will be able to learn and live once we are there.
“Anything is possible to those who dream, dare, work and never give up” Xavier Dolan.
Nurse in charge of team in a SSIAD
and Liberal Nurse Replacement.
Experience around mental disability and head trauma
Creative and manual and dance skills.
Since very young I have this desire to meet the people
Listen, exchange, share, bring my knowledge and medical practice and above all
learn from our differences.
Quote: “To reach out to the one who is in trouble is to show him that hope exists…”
Experience around physical disability.
To go in front of others, to discover a different culture.
Bring my theoretical and practical knowledge.
Quote: “The phoenix is always rising from the ashes.”
Kindergarten teacher in three villages in northern Vaucluse
By engaging in mission Tanzania 2019, I wish to give my support to the people of Tanzania but also to people with disabilities.
I work with disability in my profession, and I can see the difficulties faced by these children and all the people around them.
I see this humanitarian mission as a human adventure, an enriching experience, a life lesson.
It is also an opportunity to be able to put my stone to the building to try to improve their view of disability as well as ours…
“Be the change you want to see in the world” GANDHI
“A smile costs nothing and produces a lot – it enriches those who receive it, without impoverishing those who give it.” This famous quote from the French writer Raoul Follereau perfectly illustrates why I wanted to integrate Mission Tanzania. A humanitarian experience allows you to discover and feel the generosity of people. It teaches life, in a world that has become very individualistic, it gives the opportunity to help people in difficulty. Aged 21, in my third year of a bachelor’s degree in information communication, I live in the Paris region of Sceaux (92). Both written and oral communication are my two most important skills. With this experience I would like to bring my knowledge to best promote the projects and actions carried out by Mission Tanzania.
Meeting Tanzanians, being able to share our know-how and way of life are an opportunity for me to open up more to an intercultural world. As a woman and health professional, helping with the whole team can only beautify human nature!
Medical student and in-house psychiatry
Medical student and intern in psychiatry from next year, in a relationship with Mathilde for 2 years
Why Mission Tanzania 2019? Because it is a humanitarian project around disability, an issue to which I am particularly sensitive, on a continent to which I am very attached, with great people.
I want to start with Mission Tanzania a life focused on humanitarian and more generally, towards the other, and put my medical skills at the service of those to whom I can be useful.
The role of every human being is to prove that the world is not without reason.
Student in the 6th year of medicine
Student in the 6th year of medicine, intern next year. I chose these studies with the aim of doing humanitarian work later. I have already done a mission to Chad, and since then I am particularly attached to the African continent. Mission Tanzania is an opportunity to create a project with a strong and resourceful team, meeting God and others.
If I take the wings of the dawn and move to the end of the sea, then your hand will lead me and your right will seize me.
Physics M2 student
Like a large majority of students, I live on a high-speed train, watching the moments go by at full speed. Wasted time seems to be expensive, and yet I am convinced that the best way not to waste time is to give it to others. As I complete my physics studies and enjoy a long summer vacation for the last time, it was important for me to score by investing myself for others across borders over a relatively long period of time. Mission Tanzania corresponds exactly to my desire to live a concrete adventure, which pulls me out of my comfort to open me to fraternal, simple and free encounters. I expect from Mission Tanzania beautiful lessons of humility, but also of hope. As Beyoncé sang (yes!), I wish I could say “I was here” on my return, and bring my little stone to the building for the construction of a more charitable and fraternal world. “Blessed are the sweet ones, for they will inherit the Earth”: then on their way to this magnificent Earth!