There are times when looking through the viewfinder when you know you are watching history in the making. When lives are being touched and changed forever.
It happened earlier this month in a simple school building near near the tiny village of Tenende close to the western border of Tanzania in east Africa. Kelsey Esther, a junior at Springfield Central High School demonstrated a laptop to students at Mwaya school, many of which had never seen a computer before. The sound of an electrical generator droned in the background of a school without electricity, plumbing or even glass in the windows.
Twelve amazing Springfield high school students and three from Drury University set up a computer network, recorded health data and began a sustaining food program with the Mwaya PTA (yes they have a PTA and you should see the turnout) that is just the start of something special.
Chocolate University is a community outreach program of Askinosie Chocolate where students are exposed to business and the world beyond their own. The experience is touching lives on both sides of the world. In one short week I witnessed fifteen students change their lives and those of hundreds in Tanzania.