This poem was written by an 8th grader, Ella Pappas, who traveled to Kenya with her family this year through Rothschild Safaris. These beautifully written words leave me speechless whenever I read them. It’s crystal clear that Ella’s experience in Africa will have a deep and lasting impact on her and will likely shape her view of the world for the rest of her life.
Ella’s poem sums up why we travel with our children and why the investment to show children radically different places across our planet is so very worth it!
I will never forget this day
as long as I live
who knew a tiny weak building could hold so much within
the students sit squished up in rows
waiting to learn something new
their dreams surround them and are enough to fill the world with hope
the students sit still awaiting command with a pencil in hand
they rise with gratitude when their teacher walks in
they greet him in unison without missing a beat
their books lay in front of them tattered and worn
yet they are the most special possession these children could ask for
some walk ten miles every morning to get to this place through the open savannah
past buffalo, lions, elephants and more
they face the fear that no one here has before
they risk getting attacked every single day
Some may ask why, what is worth your life?
These kids would only say
to them their school is their whole life
they have nothing else, but they still hold on
in hopes of getting somewhere
and to change the world
I did see this, and these children don’t complain
they smile at the fact that they made it one more day
children in Africa may not have much
but they will always hold on to their dreams
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Editor’s Note: Photo by Sandy Pappas.
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